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Literary Elements In Shakespeare´S Romeo And Juliet

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The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, is a well known play. That it is still performed in theaters and English classes to this day. The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is a play about two star crossed lovers, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. They fall in love, despite of the feud between their families. They were forced to keep their love secret because of their families, and they also got married without their families figuring out. This story is still read now because of its strong usage of literary elements. The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet endures time because of its expert use of literary elements including foreshadowing, metaphor, and simile.
One of many strong literary elements used in this play was foreshadowing. Shakespeare used foreshadowing to tell what was going to happen in the future. Juliet first met Romeo at a ball held by the Capulets, that he uninvitedly came to. They danced and it was love at first sight. Romeo kissed Juliet and left. Juliet wanting to know his name and who he was asked the Nurse “Go ask his name.—If he be married, My grave is like to be my wedding bed” (1.5.134-135). Juliet asked this because she wanted to know if Romeo was married. If he was then she would die unmarried because she only wants to be with Romeo. Shakespeare wrote this to show that she was foreshadowing her own fate. That she is going to die. Another time foreshadowing was used in this play was when Romeo was talking to Balthasar about a dream he had. Romeo’s dream was about Juliet finding him dead. Romeo said “ I dreamt my lady came and found me dead” (2.1.6). Shakespeare included this foreshadowing because it is foreshadowed the end of the story when Juliet woke up and found Romeo dead.
Another strong literary element that Shakespeare used in his play were metaphors. Lady Capulet compared Paris to a man that is unhappy because he does not have a women in his life to complete him. She wants Juliet to be his lovely wife. She said to Juliet “This precious book of love, this unbound lover, to beautify him only lacks a cover” (1.3.87-88). She is saying that Juliet...

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