Compare ways in which Shakespeare presents a character changing in Much Ado About Nothing and Macbeth. Shakespearean romantic comedies such as ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ feature one prominent aspect, complex love relationships amongst different pairs of characters, whereby the audience expects two or more characters to inevitably fall in love. Contrastingly, Shakespearean tragedies, like ‘Macbeth’, indulge in a noble and respected character changing into a tragic Hero, eventually resulting in his death. Similarly, one of the mutual features is the change in characters caused by external influences, whereby Leonato, Don Pedro and Claudio influence Benedick to love Beatrice, whilst the witches and Lady Macbeth influence Macbeth to kill the king; as other characters pursue this change, these changes are inevitable. However, Shakespeare presents Benedick’s change in a more positive and light-hearted manner, whilst Macbeth’s change revolves around negativity and wrong-doing as the approach to each individual genre is different, where comedies are humorous and happy, whilst tragedies are gloomy and grief-stricken.
In the beginning of Romeo and Juliet's relationship, light imagery can be seen as representing love and beauty, but it soon turns into an enemy of Romeo and Juliet's relationship. For example, when Romeo first sees Juliet at Capulet's party, he compares her to the torches in the hall, and says " O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!/ It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night/ Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear"(1.5.46-48). Juliet is the light that frees Romeo from the melancholy of Rosaline's unrequited love. Her beauty is compared to the captivating, elemental power of fire and she is even brighter in contrast of the darkness of the night and the darkness of an "Ethiopian." Another example, Juliet compares their relationship to lightning by stating " It is too rash, too unadvis'd, too sudden;/ too like the lightning, which doth cease to be/ Ere one can say it lightens" (2.2.124-126).
To twinkle in their spheres till they return". Here Romeo sees Juliet and is overcome by her grace. He refers to her eyes that he thinks shine so bright they light up the sky as stars, using stars as a metaphor for beauty. Later in the play, Juliet says of Romeo : Come, gentle night, — come, loving black brow'd night, Give me my Romeo; and when he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of Heaven so fine. That all the world will be in love with night, And pay no worship to the garish sun.” Here Juliet is talking about how lonely she is and how much she misses Romeo.
The word “O” shows exactly how taken aback Romeo first is. He is lost for words, which is often a sign of love. He, Romeo uses a metaphor to convey his feelings about Juliet. “She doth teach the torches to burn bright!” exaggerates his feelings over her. It is followed by the line “It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night”.
Outline Thesis Statement: Love is the dangerous cause of all the tragedies in both of the plays. A. The meaning of love for individuals a. Desdemona’s evil destiny b. Romeo and Juliet B. Analyzing the effect of love on social basis a. Social structure of Venice b. Social structure of Verona C. Analyzing the tragic effect of love a. Othello and Desdemona b. Romeo and Juliet time, c. Overview of the Romantic tragedies Love is a word that has many connotations.
The ultimate fate and destiny of Romeo and Juliet who would do anything to be together but the tragedy of death cannot be avoided because of their own actions,; young immature love and the barriers of a long standing family feud. Romeo and Juliet’s fate is caused by their poor decision making and immaturity. At the beginning of the play Romeo is madly in love with Rosaline, but when Romeo lays eyes on Juliet from afar he forgets Rosaline instantly and he falls in love with Juliet. Romeo’s love for Juliet is immediate and spontaneous, love at first sight. “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright.
'Violent passions lead to violent ends', therefore the romance becomes a tragedy. Philip Larkin however deliberately downgrades romantic ideas of love and is, is much more cynical in his poems like ‘Love’, ‘Sad steps’, and ‘Love songs in age’,‘ An Arundel tomb’ and‘ Talking in bed. His poems are filled with unconventional ideas of love and in some ways, he is more truthful about it than Shakespeare. However, people may say that Larkin is narrow-minded and critical. Even though there are some similarities between the two writers, there are also many differences.
It causes many terrible events. Many people argue over whether it was bad luck (fate), or bad management. Shakespeare smartly hints at the outcome throughout the story making the reader hope for more and more that Romeo and Juliet end up living together, happily married. Unfortunately, the fate in Romeo and Juliet isn’t a very desirable one. Bad luck, can be defined as an inescapable and often conflicting results; destiny.
This is the very first time that Romeo sees Juliet and they both fall in love. Then, they find out they have fallen in love with the enemy. Romeo starts his soliloquy with the theme of light as he says ‘O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright.’ Firstly, we can see that Romeo is surprised due to the use of ‘O.’ Romeo has never seen anyone as beautiful as Juliet and therefore is amazed at her beauty. Romeo is also lost for words. ‘Teach the torches to burn bright,’ explains that Juliet is so bright and is in fact brighter than the torches.
I will also use Baz Luhrmanns interpretation of the story as well as the original script to see how their love is distinguished towards the audience. Romeo is amazed at the beauty he sees in Juliet, this can be seen with the way he describes how pretty she is. He says ‘she doth teach the torches to burn bright! it seems she hangs on the cheek of night.’. With this, he is describing her as the only source of light in the room, or like a star in the night sky showing how he feels.