What Is the Significance of the Oaths as a Plot Trigger in Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing

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In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare has Romeo assume the role of a courtly lover as he admires Juliet from afar, comparing her to the beauty of nature. Romeo's hyperbolic metaphors are in keeping with the exaggerated emotion found in tragedy, as he claims "Juliet is the sun". This exaggerated claim suggests that Juliet occupies all his waking hours and give him life. However, when Romeo swears his love upon "the inconstant moon," Shakespeare illustrates to the audience that Romeo's love is not only not idealistic, but also fickle. Romeo's words are reminiscent of Shakespeare's Sonnet 130, in which he condemns the kind of "false compare" Romeo employs in this scene. Nevertheless, this oath proves to be a plot trigger as Juliet defies patriarchal convection by taking control of the relationship, commanding Romeo with the imperative " do not swear," claiming it is "too rash, too unadvised," and instead advises Romeo that if his love is honourable, he must marry her. Similarly, Benedick takes on the role of a courtly lover in his unrequited love fir Beatrice. However, this is in keeping with the playful nature of comedy, as his lovesick state, "like cover'd fire, consume away in sighs, waste inwardly," is contrived by Hero and Ursula to manipulate Beatrice. The image of Benedick "wast[ing] inwardly" is used playfully as the audience know it isn't true. Perhaps Shakespeare has include this image of a lovesick Benedick to further satirise the type of love so meaningfully presented in Petrarchan poetry. This contrasts sharply with the nature of Romeo and Juliet's declaration of love. Like Juliet, Beatrice also takes charge of the relationship once Benedick has sworn his love for her. However, unlike Romeo, Benedick swears his love on his hand, proving perhaps that he will prove his love through his actions, not just words. However, Shakespeare has Beatrice take control by
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