Authority In Romeo And Juliet

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English Essay Shakespeare’s 1594 tragic romance Romeo and Juliet is a play that holds many key messages such as not to disobey authority or it can have terrible results. While this theme strongly features in this play it is not the only key message of Romeo and Juliet. Written in 1954 it is a play that conveys important themes such as love, authority and hatred through a range of techniques including metaphor, emotive and descriptive language and juxtaposition. Through these themes and techniques important messages and morals are conveyed which is what gives this play an everlasting relevance to society. Although an underlying message of Romeo and Juliet is not to disobey authority an extremely prominent concept explored by Shakespeare…show more content…
Authority in this play is evident at many levels, not only in the context of the law but also as a fathers Authority over his daughter. “But fettle your fine joints 'gainst Thursday next to go with Paris to Saint Peter’s Church or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither. Out, you green sickness, carrion! Out, you baggage! You tallow face!” In this quote the consequences of Juliet defining her father’s authority is seen through the way that Capulet’s attitude changes, from treating her with respect to treating her like scum the minute she disobeys her father’s authority. Imagery is employed to emphasise Capulet’s harshness and the manner in which his attitude changes after Juliet purports to disobey him. Disobeying authority in the context of the law mostly has very serious consequences. An example of this is Act 3 scene 1 in which Romeo kills Tybalt in order to avenge Mercutios death. Although Romeos thirst for revenge was satisfied the consequences were dire. “And for that offence immediately we do exile him hence. I have an interest in your hearts' proceeding. My blood for your rude brawls doth lie a-bleeding.” In this quote Prince delivers Romeos sentencing which is assisted by emotive language to allow the audience to relate to how the Prince feels and brings the audience to the realisation that disobeying authority can have negative effects more than just one
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