Romeo and Juliet Essay

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When Benvolio asks Romeo who he is in love with, Romeo replys ‘Bid a sick man in sadness make his will – A word ill urged to one that is so ill’ Shakespeare is showing that Romeo would not like to talk about Rosaline because it just makes him sadder. Romeo describes love with a series of oxymoron’s like‘o brawling love, o loving hate’. Shakespeare uses these to demonstrate that Romeo is in love yet he is not happy because Rosaline does not love him back. Romeo says ‘she’ll not be hit with cupids arrow’ which suggest to the audience that Romeo has tried allot to make Rosaline love him yet she hasn’t. In Act 2 scene 2 Romeo describes Juliet as an angel ‘as glorious to this night, being o’er my head, as is a winged messenger from heaven’ This shows that Romeo is now happy as in Act 1 scene 1 he is sad and depressed. This shows that his love for Rosaline was not real but his love for Juliet is. Juliet says ‘o Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo’ which means why is Romeo a Montague. Romeo replys ‘I take thee at my word. Call me but love, and ill be new-baptised. Henceforth, I never will be Romeo.’ Romeo is showing that his feelings are so strong for Juliet that he would not be a Montague so that they could be happy together. Romeo’s use of language shows the strength of his feelings. When Romeo is talking about Rosaline in Act 1 Scene 1, he uses oxymoron’s to show he loves Rosaline but that his love is not good, as Rosaline doesn’t love him back. He says ‘why then, O brawling love, o loving hate, o anything of nothing first create.’ He expresses his feelings through this oxymoron, as He is contradicting himself and saying his love is bad and good. Romeo also shows the strength of his feelings when he says ‘This love that thou hast shown doth add more grief to too much of mine own.’ He is saying his love has affected him so much that he now has more

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