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Romeo and Juliet Essay

  • Submitted by: manamoo
  • on August 28, 2013
  • Category: Shakespeare
  • Length: 536 words

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One of the messages of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is that you should never disobey authority. However there are other important themes other than authority such as love and fate.

Never disobeying authority is a very important theme in Romeo and Juliet.   There are many scenes where we see the characters disobey authority. For example in act two scene 3 Romeo and Juliet get married against their parents’ wishes. The quote 2,3,94 “to turn your households’ rancour to pure love” this hyperbole is exaggerating how the marriage might turn the hatred between the Capulet’s and Montague’s into love.   Another example of disobeying authority is act four scene one where Friar Lawrence gives Juliet the potion to make her seem dead even though God is the only one who can decide life and death. The quote 2,1,77 “O bid me leap, rather than marry Paris” is an extreme metaphor is showing how Juliet would rather kill herself then marry Paris as her parents wish for her to do.   In act 5 scene 1 Romeo returns to Verona after being banished which is an example of breaking legal authority.

Furthermore, another theme in Romeo and Juliet is love. Love is expressed throughout the entire play in familial, romantic and friendly aspects and is present every act causing great tension and power and ultimately resulting in death. In 2,2,3 Romeo says, “ it is the east, and Juliet is the sun” this metaphor emphasizes the love that Romeo has for Juliet that she like the sun so bright and powerful. In 2,2,34 “ O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name” repetition is present in this quote to expresses how much she craves Romeo’s love and touch. Also in this quote “Deny thy father and refuse thy name” implies Romeo should dismiss what his father thinks, change his name and be with Juliet. 3,2,73 “O serpent heart hid with a flowering face” this simile is said by Juliet who is implying that he is as beautiful as flower yet as evil or horrible as...

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