William Shakespeares: Romeo And Juliet Essay

1090 words - 5 pages

William Shakespeares: Romeo and Juliet

Throughout the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare displays
various types of love. Benvolio believes women are interchangeable,
while, at the beginning Romeo believes love is pain because of his
relationship with Rosaline. At the beginning Juliet does not even have
a definition of love and both Paris's and Lady Capulet's definition of
love is in appearance and rank. They also believe along with master
Capulet that marriages are only arranged for rank and wealth, which is
criticised by friar Lawrence, he states:

“For ‘twas your heaven she should be advanced

And weep ye now, seeing she is advanced

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Romeo however dismisses this assumption saying in return:

“Thou chidest me oft for loving Rosaline.”

Juliet appears not to know what love is, and, for that matter, does
not seem to care. She remains ignorant to the matter until she meets
Romeo. When Romeo first sets his eyes upon Juliet he immediately
associates her with light. “She doth teach the torches to burn
bright.” He then describes her as a brilliant jewel shining against a
dark stunned background, like a star on a dark night. In its own turn,
light suggests the illumination and brightness of love. The star
image, a constant motif throughout the play and which refers as much
to destiny as to love, universalises love by placing it in the context
of the holiness and vastness of the heavens. Clearly bewitched by what
he has seen Romeo refers to her beauty as, “too rich for use, for
earth to dear.” In other words, her beauty and by implication his love
is too refined for this earth and will not be long upon it which of
course proves to be true too quickly. Also it could be said that Romeo
is happier talking about love, he is very much for words as we see in
act II.6 line 24:

Ah Juliet, if the measure of thy joy

Be heaped like mine, and that they skill be more

To blazon it, then sweeten with thy breath

This neighbour air, and let rich music’s tongue

Unfold the imagined happiness that both

Receive in either by this dear encounter.

Romeo expresses his love conventionally either in cliché or with
typical classical references:

“Well, in that hit you miss. She’ll not be hit

With cupids arrow. She hath Dian’s wit,

And, in strong proof of chastity well armed”

“He that is strucken blind cannot forget

The precious treasure of his eyesight lost.”

The clichéd and conventional quality of Romeo’s speeches about
Rosaline along with his early speeches about Juliet show to a certain
extent an immaturity underlined by friar Lawrence’s comments. However
Romeo’s language matures with the intensity of his new experience and
of course the pressure of...

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