Two of Shakespeare’s most well known plays; ‘Romeo and Juliet’, and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ are both based on multiple themes of love. Both contain the elements of; love at first sight and love being shallow. Shakespeare’s classic tragedy ‘Romeo and Juliet’ features two young lovers from feuding families who fall in love and are willing to sacrifice almost anything for their love. Whereas the comedy ‘Much Ado about Nothing’, is about two couples; Benedick and Beatrice, and Claudio and Hero, these couple’s love follow the trend of a love is declared, then challenged, and then is finally reasserted in the harmony of marriage. Claudio and Hero fall in love, break apart, and then fall in love again, while at the same time, Beatrice and Benedick are being tricked into loving each other.
Romeo and Juliet Compare and contrast the characters of Romeo and Juliet. How do they develop throughout the play? What makes them fall in love with one another? Romeo and Juliet is a timeless play of love and tragedy. It is about fate that brought the two lovers together only to die a tragic death.
He agrees. This marks that Romeos transformation from lovesick ‘boy’ to man. Scene 3: Romeo asks the Friar to marry them, and confides in him. The friar agrees as he thinks it will bring the feuding families together. Romeo in this scene becomes a little less
Deny thy father and refuse thy name; or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and I’ll no longer be a Capulet’. (Act 2 Scene 2 33-37) These words obviously show true love and passion above anything else. After meeting Juliet, Romeo could not resist but to abandon Mercutio and Benvolio after the feast and go and meet Juliet in her garden. Another example of true passion and intensity is when Romeo comes back to Verona for Juliet’s sake after being exiled by the Prince on pain of death. Shakespeare has used strong but sensitive language while writing these lines.
Romeo and Juliet’s love, like the love of the youth, is acted upon very quickly and impulsively. They are impatient and do not stop and think about the consequences of their actions. Their immature and inexperienced management of their love passion for each other ultimately results in their death. Think about Romeo in the very beginning of the play, when he talks about Rosaline. He describes her looks as he says: "O, she is rich in beauty, only poor".
This collection absorbs the reader into a raw, honest state of lust, love and obsession. When comparing the pieces, we can get a stronger idea of how love has evolved and developed in the past 400 years, as seeing the love in Romeo and Juliet in conjunction with Rapture we understand how people’s attitude to love has changed. Shakespeare explores lust repeatedly throughout Romeo and Juliet, making frequent sexual puns but it is in Act 1 Scene 1 we witness Romeo in ‘love’ with a woman named Rosaline. With further analysis we can uncover that Romeo is only really in love with the idea of being in love, for his mind shifts so freely and frequently. Romeo talks of Love’s view ‘muffled still’ and ‘pathways to his will’ romantic notions made inconsequential as he follows with ‘Where shall we dine?’ This question causes us to consider the
To what extent do love, hate and haste contribute to the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet? Romeo and Juliet (1597) is a tragedy by William Shakespeare about two star-crossed lovers driven to death by their feuding families. Tragedy has had an extensive history span, originating in ancient Greece where it was believed to be the highest form of drama. According to the Greek philosopher Aristotle, it is defined as - “A tragedy is the imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete in itself; in appropriate and pleasurable language;... in a dramatic rather than narrative form; with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish a catharsis of these emotions.” The passionate yet selfish love that blinds Romeo and Juliet, the strong hatred between the Montagues and Capulets and the urgent haste displayed by Lord Capulet and Romeo all contribute to catastrophic events displayed throughout the play. The play has become a symbol of love; the term “Romeo” is used to label passionate young lovers.
King Lear Essay Show how King Lear and/or its main character conforms to three criteria found in Aristotle’s Poetics via A.C. Bradley’s, The Shakespearean Tragic Hero [As outlined in Viewpoints, page 687.] In the play “King Lear” by William Shakespeare it is shown as tragedy. The protagonist of the play, Lear is proud, serious, arbitrary, impatient, peremptory, humorless, and capricious and his position in life has allowed him to indulge all these traits to the fullest. Lear can inspire as well as command loyalty and obedience. Even though Lear is not a man of intellectual brilliance he is a “great soul,” with the capacity for feeling deeply the sorrow of rejection and abandonment by his own.
Romeo and Paris have not only things in common, there are also differences between the two. Romeo changes his mind fast, that’s easily seen when Romeo is one day totally in love with Rosaline but the next day, actually the same night he is totally in love with Juliet. Paris on the other hand is constantly in love with Juliet, and doesn’t give up on her. Paris is also decent, he asks Lord Capulet polite if he can marry his loved-daughter. Romeo didn’t share his feelings for Juliet to anyone but Juliet and Friar Lawrence, the fact that he had contact with Juliet was only known by Romeo and his friends, Juliet the Nurse and Friar Lawrence.