“Epic, Passionate and Poetic.” Romeo and Juliet is written in blank verse. This simply means “unrhymed iambic pentameter.” For example,
Two households, both alike in dignity
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life.
It may seem “melodramatic”, but it’s perfect for the play. Shakespeare makes it work by the plot actually living up to the hype (Romeo and Juliet Writing Style). “It truly entices the heart of the reader as they empathize with the protagonists’ universal, unconditional and ideal romance, the portrayal of perfect, undying love that is captured and protected with youth” (Genevieve). Every emotion in the play is intensified. From the beginning the two main characters are somewhat aware that they are destined to die. However, they give up everything to love.
“Uncontrollable emotion and the consequences of the same is one of the major themes of the play” (Dutta). Romeo is extremely impulsive, which causes many problems for him throughout the story. He remains devoted in his love for Juliet and his desire to remain at her side so badly that he even follows her in death. Although, it is action that moves the story forward. “The objective characters are concerned with engaging in battles of wits, wills, and physical strength- much for the sake of a quarrel between the two families, so ancient that the original motives are no longer even discussed” (Huntley, KE Monahan).
Moreover, Shakespeare focuses the plot around verbal messages. For example, Romeo, Mercutio, and Benvolio only hear of Capulet’s ball accidently by the Capulet’s servant. Again a message is used when the Nurse tells Juliet of Tybalt’s death and Romeo’s banishment. Yet at first Juliet believes it is Romeo who was killed and not her cousin. The last message used in the play is when Balthasar gives Romeo false news of Juliet’s death and Friar John is not able to convey to him that she is in fact drugged, not dead. Shakespeare really stresses in all these scenes the ease in which messages can go wrong (Huntley).
When Romeo finds out about Juliet’s “death” he believes he has all the facts. He suddenly makes the decision to kill himself, aided by poison. “Romeos best speech is perhaps the one he delivers in the tomb; with it he gives dignity, meaning, and finality to the one act he plans and executes” (Huntley). The speech and characters of the play have been depicted all throughout music, literature, dance, and theater. There’s a certain musical flow and intense alternation of mood that enliven...