Throughout the novel Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare uses many diverse techniques through the two main characters Romeo and Juliet to portray the development of their personalities. This can primarily be seen in Juliet’s two soliloquies; one full of love, passion, and innocence while the other shows Juliet as a more mature, decisive but also anguished individual. This is achieved through the use of diction, imagery, pace, and tone. These techniques also affect the theme of tragedy in the play as it gives the reader a sense of mood changes from seeing Juliet as a light-hearted and naïve girl to a bitter and despairing young adult. In both soliloquies, the structures are somewhat similar.
It is here where Juliet begins to make her own choices; she realises Romeo is the son of her fathers enemy, yet continues to meet him in secret, eventually actually marrying him. By the end of the play, Juliet displays the qualities of a brave young woman, making her own decisions and following her heart. An important quote supporting this is: “Give me, give me! O, tell not me of fear!” this illustrates that Juliet has taken on a demanding attitude, not just doing as she’s told. In conclusion, the main changes are as she learns to take control of certain situations, and as she learns to love.
Shakespeare CA Start: Whether it’s the gruesome murders of ‘Macbeth’ or the ‘merry wars’ in ‘Much Ado’ Shakespeare has many ways of showing disturbance. Shakespeare uses the troublesome tragedy of ‘Macbeth’ and the classic comedy of ‘Much Ado’ to portray strong minded characters such as the feisty Beatrice and the bitter and mysterious Lady Macbeth. As we explore this metamorphism of comedy and tragedy we see how the human condition exhibits disturbance, regardless of the type of person it is controlling. Much Ado: The line “You always end with a jade’s trick; I know you of old” is said by Beatrice in the play ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ when she has her first confrontation with Benedick. Shakespeare makes clear her disturbed persona, through the slowing of the pace in the second half of the line.
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.
Write about the ways the difficulties of love are explored in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and the poetry of Robert Browning- My Last duchess, Porphyria’s Lover and the Laboratory. In both Romeo and Juliet and all three of the Robert Browning poems; ‘My Last Duchess’ ‘the Laboratory’ and ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ there are many obstacles of love to overcome which, makes the love in each text more difficult. Difficulties. In Romeo and Juliet, their love is made difficult because of fate, destiny, violence, death and their family feud and expectations. In the Browning poems ‘My Last Duchess’ ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ and ‘The Laboratory’ all these lover face multitude of emotions: obsession, lust, power, status and jealousy.
At the beginning of the play, we get an introduction which fulfills the audience's previous views of Cleopatra. Philo explains, "Nay but this dotage of our general's o'er flows the measure," and "to cool a gipsy's lust" lull the audience into a false sense of security before severely disrupting it and playing with their ability to make judgments. The juxtaposition of scenes contributes a significant amount to the complexity of Cleopatra's character. Also the combination of love and war is tightly knitted together to form an interesting contrast. The dramatic form reflects the chief thematic concerns of the play.
Shakespeare quite obviously plays with the conventions of Petrarchan characters and their views of desire throughout the play but most significantly towards the beginning. Romeo is introduced as a character that seems to be blinded by love, his desire for Rosaline is over powering, shallow and foolish – “He that is strucken blind cannot forget / The precious treasure of his eyesight lost” (1.1.225-226). Shakespeare has created Romeo to resemble the typical ‘Petrarchan lover’ speakers that are found in Petrarch’s sonnets, we hear Romeo obsessing over Rosaline whom like ‘Laura’ from Petrarch’s sonnets is unattainable to Romeo, as she is choosing to remain celibate - "She hath forsworn to love, and in that vow / Do I live dead that live to tell it now” (1.1.216-217) Shakespeare has purposefully created Romeo and Rosaline with these similarities to Petrarchan conventions in mind as he is able to successfully critique the discourse of desire through the growth of Romeo in the play and the introduction of Juliet. Shakespeare also relies on the fact that his audience are aware of ‘what’s in store’ for Romeo, allowing him to create a clichéd and conventional character - “The theatre audience knows that
Reflection: Jealousy is one of the main concepts that is prominent throughout the duration of the literature. The literature is raw that it emphasises what it means to be manipulated into feeling betrayed all due to the cause of the perplex success of Iago’s actions towards manipulating Othello. Jealousy is fuelled by the so called “circumstantial evidence” that Iago had filled into Othello’s head. Both Iago and Othello are filled with jealousy however it is interesting to see what caused Iago to manipulate Othello and it was jealousy itself. A jealous motive that has turned into a strong desire to destroy Othello’s life is shown from the quote; “I hate the Moor; And it is thought abroad that 'twixt my sheets 'Has done my office.
The young teens focus on romantic love, specifically the intense passion that springs up at first sight between them. Love in Romeo and Juliet is a brutal, powerful emotion that captures individuals and catapults them against their world, and, at times, against themselves. Relationships are also a major focal point of the play, as they are two star struck teenagers with an addiction to each other to the point of Juliet faking a death just to be with Romeo forever. The play, rather than presenting a specific statement of love, portrays the chaos and passion of being in love, combining the themes of love, passion, family, and violence, and how they conflict with each other. Romeo and Juliet’s love, like the love of the youth, is acted upon very quickly and impulsively.
William Shakespeare conveys a recurring motif throughout the tragedy ‘Othello’ of the power that Jealousy and Revenge have on influencing the characters decisions, and the danger of Appearance versus Reality. This motif is evident as Iago, the psychotic antagonist, performs a soliloquy during Act 1 Scene 1, where he explores these key concerns and main ideas of deception, betrayal and arrogance, which are typical of the play as a whole. Shakespeare uses thematic concerns and language techniques to show how Iago’s ambiguous personality and manipulative nature emphasise the main messages portrayed. Firstly, the power of Jealousy is used in the play to convey the motivation behind Iago’s vengeful plot and to foreshadow a betrayal later on: “We cannot all be masters, nor all masters cannot be truly followed”. Iago’s jealousy of Othello is shown by the envy of him being a master, In context, Othello was a Moor, the racial prejudice in the Elizabethan era was that a Moor was considered inferior to Venetian men; this would’ve made Iago insecure as he failed to be promoted by someone of a lower social class than him, thus leading to his cynical plan; “cannot be truly followed” this shows Iago’s pessimistic nature as he foreshadows his betrayal as one of deception, rather than directly abandoning Othello, telling the audience that Iago will follow him, but not faithfully, and with plan to deceive.