Love Over Loyalty Essay

1060 words - 5 pages

Being young and in love can be overwhelming, especially when your families are rivals. That’s how it was for Romeo and Juliet, in fourteenth century Verona, Italy, where their love was forbidden. Shakespeare uses metaphor, personification, and dramatic irony to tell the story of Romeo and Juliet, how they are alike in their passion for each other, how they represent naive, innocent, irrational, stubborn teenagers “in love”, and how willing they are to risk their lives, family honor, and morals for one another.

In Act 1 Scene 5, Juliet and Romeo have just met, and already they are deeply infatuated with one another. “Go ask his name, if he be married. My grave is like to be my wedding bed” ...view middle of the document...

Romeo slew Tybalt. Romeo must not live” (3.1.142-143 Shakespeare). Instead, the Prince banishes him from the city. Now with not only the Capulet’s and Montague’s objecting of their love, so is the ruler of Verona. Juliet becomes distressed when the nurse gives her confusing news of the whereabouts of Romeo and Tybalt. Dramatic irony is at play in this scene, the audience knows what’s happening but Juliet does not. Shakespeare demonstrates use of hyperbole: “For who is living, if those two are gone?” (3.2.68). Juliet exaggerates that there is no one else more important than Romeo and Tybalt in the world. Nothing is the same without them. Her star crossed lover and her own blood. Due to the death of Tybalt everyone is emotionally unbalanced especially Juliet and Romeo because Romeo is now a murderer, sent away from her and Juliet is about to lose her true love because he murdered someone of her family. Juliet cares more about losing Romeo than the fact that the reason she is losing him is because he murdered her cousin.

Juliet in her love for Romeo realizes that their love is forbidden and the only people who agree with it are herself and Romeo. It seems no matter what happens to them, they would always fight for each other, despite their circumstances. “My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me, That I must love a loathed enemy” (1.5.10-13). Juliet is conscious of loving her destined enemy is a dishonor, but she claims this love is her fate. Their families are nemesis and to go against their wishes and knowledge and lie to their faces is unloyalty in itself. “And learn me how to lose a winning match” (3.2.2-3). She knows that they could possibly never workout but only for themselves and for a short time, to lose a...

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