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Romeo And Juliet Essay

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In this essay I will be commenting and comparing on how strong feelings in Romeo and Juliet, The willing Mistress by Aphra Behn, my pretty rose tree by William Blake and first love by John Clare and there effects are made interesting. Strong feelings are used in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ throughout the play. The emotions we see have strong variation but the two main emotions that a displayed are love and hate. Hate is only seen in the form of hatred between the two houses; “a montague...their oldest enemy” whereas love is seen between family, romantically and sexually. Strong emotions are very important in the play because the whole plot is given away in the prologue, ...view middle of the document...

..face turned pale...my legs refused”. Clare describes a state of powerlessness, a loss of control over his own body, caused by the theft of his heart.
Romeo is wandering aimlessly around the Capulet backyard when someone appears on the balcony (one of the only times they are together). In this passage Shakespeare is demonstrating how love has made Romeo blind and irrational. “What light through yonder window breaks” and he then answers his own question “it is the East and Juliet is the sun”. Shakespeare uses the word “sun” to signify the strong feelings Romeo has for Juliet, specifically her radiance. From this you can infer that Romeos irrational behaviour when with, and around Juliet will ultimately lead to his demise. Shakespeare uses this passage to put warning signs and to alert the audience that Romeo is irrational when in awe of Juliet. Shakespeare uses specific language to create a sense of possible future foreboding to entice the audience and to make them read on.
Shakespeare then uses Juliet to show how powerful love can be and to show how passionate Juliet is about Romeo. After Romeo had finished idolising Juliet, she begins to talk to herself without realising Romeo is there, “o Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo”. This quote is often misinterpreted to “Romeo, Romeo where are you Romeo” when its actual meaning is “why are you a Montague”. Shakespeare uses this quote to bring an aspect of the real world back into the fantasy of their strong love and sexual desires. This play was set in times where family honour was massively important and this relationship causes the two to turn their back upon their families. Shakespeare aims to spark feelings of sympathy in the audience as he points out how true love is almost cursed and forbidden in this situation and how this cannot end well for either Romeo and Juliet. In the Willing Mistress by Aphra Behn there is also an illicit love illustrated by several quotes, “Shade us...betray’d us... secur’d from human eyes”. Like in Romeo and Juliet love in the context is forbidden and frown upon yet cannot be stopped or controlled.
Later in act 2 scene 2 Shakespeare shows how love makes Juliet act irrationally as she proposes to him by saying “if that thy bent of love be honourable, thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow”. This quote not only shows that she is almost living in a fantasy but how her character has developed from the shy conservative young lady in act 1 scene 5 who strictly obeys her mother, to a forthcoming irrational woman made blind by love. Shakespeare uses this proposal to show how consumed they both are by true love but also how they are rushing into a rash judgement that cannot end well. It is clear for all to see that Juliet’s sexual desire is growing just like the woman in the Willing Mistress who is by no means a passive recipient of the man’s advances; she’s very much an active participant in the seduction. “Willing to receive” is a quote taken from the Willing...

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