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Excitement And Dangers Of First Love In Romeo And Juliet By William Shakespeare

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Shakespeare shows both the excitement and the dangers of first love using a range of structure and language devices to show how each character feels. He uses a wide range of metaphors to describe Romeo’s thoughts of Juliet and structures the play full of opposites and contrasts to show the light of love and the darkness of death and violence.
In Act 1 Scene 5, Romeo and Juliet first meet each other in the party. This is a significant scene in the play as this is the start of the event that ultimately leads to their demise. When Romeo first see Juliet, his excitement shows through the imagery he uses to emphasise how much her beauty contrasts with the other people in the room. For example, he says ‘Oh she doth teach the torches to burn bright’. This metaphor emphasises the way in which she stands out in contrast to the rest of the guests and how brightly she seems to shine to him, with this contrast being further emphasised by the dimly lit room. ‘Burn bright’ could suggest both light and heat, as if she is the sun in the room. He also describes Juliet as ‘a snowy dove trooping with crows’. This simile tells us that he thinks that Juliet stands out above every person in the room and that she is more beautiful than any other girl. However, Tybalt hears Romeo and becomes a threat to the love between Romeo and Juliet. He says, ‘to strike him dead, I hold not a sin’. This phrase tells us that he will not hesitate to kill Romeo, which may be a way of Shakespeare foreshadowing a fight between Romeo and Tybalt.
The excitement is developed through their first meeting as Romeo and Juliet are shown to be lightly flirting with each other, using words of the vocabulary of religion, to represent words of the vocabulary of the body. When they meet, they speak a sonnet before they kissed. A sonnet placed here matches the conversation being spoken as sonnets are often used to write about love. Romeo says, ‘If I profane with my unworthiest hand this holy shrine, the gentle sin is this: my lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss’. This starts of the sonnet. He is telling Juliet that she is more beautiful than him, and although she may be offended by the touch of his hand, he is ready to make it better with a tender kiss. Juliet replies to this by saying, ’Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much’. She is telling him that he does not give his hand enough credit, and rejects his offer teasingly as she knows the game that he is trying to play by starting of the sonnet with a metaphor of religion. However, by using words of religion, they are showing the audience that their love is serious, if not a bit rushed by the longing in their mind and heart as this is the first love that they have pursued. Pursuing this love also shows the audience that they are excited of this love and are heading into danger by dedicating their love to someone they have barely known for a few hours, and this comes into addition of the...

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