Romeo Juliet Literary Elements Essay

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EWSIS Kern Hui 903 ELA/Abraham 12/11/13 Have you ever lied? Lying is only a basic form of trickery, whether you get away with it, depends on you. In Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet, trickery and lies are used very often. In Romeo and Juliet, lies are not the only important thing; the story includes rash decisions and disloyal companions. Shakespeare adds a twist of romance and, it’s a masterpiece. Shakespeare uses various literary techniques in the play Romeo and Juliet to convey: Trickery and rash decisions can lead to a tragic outcome. Rash decisions may decide when a man lives, or when a man dies. In the beginning of the play, Romeo’s friend Mercutio dies at the hand of Tybalt, which later leads to Tybalt dying at the hand of Romeo. Shakespeare writes, “O calm dishonourable, vile submission! Alla stoccata carries it away. (draws his sword) Tybalt, you ratcatcher, will you walk?”(III.I.69-71) This shows that Mercutio, being the proud man he is, stands up and fights for Romeo’s pride, when Romeo does not. This is an example of a rash decision, as Mercutio did not think, and jumped to defend Romeo. This is also an example of a metaphor, as Mercutio calls Tybalt a “ratcatcher”, something which Tybalt is really not. Mercutio ridicules Tybalt with the name “ratcatcher” because Tybalt’s name sounds like ‘Tibbles’, a popular word used to describe a cat back in the day, hence the name “ratcatcher”. Mercutio also states that Tybalt is “dishonourable” and “vile”, two very crude words that express Mercutio’s hatred for Tybalt. Due to Mercutio’s rash decision, not only was Tybalt and himself killed, but Romeo was banished from Verona as well! A lie, once given, can never be taken back. In act Four, Juliet proceeds to trick her family into thinking she is dead. This causes her family great grief, and will eventually lead to the death of

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