I am Fortune's fool!" (3.1.133) What does it mean? After Tybalt and Mercutio die, Benvolio tells Romeo that Prince Paris will probably doom him to death if he's caught. Romeo calls himself Fortune's fool. Romeo is discreetly referencing the prologue, where the audience learns that Romeo and Juliet are fated for misfortune.
Shakespeare presents the concept that deceptive decisions lead to tragic events. Romeo’s rapidly changing character makes irrational and unwise decisions which link up to a strong and prominent theme in the play; deception. Through Romeo’s character Shakespeare juxtaposes true love against infatuation, he does this by showing his melancholy state over his loss of his infatuation Rosaline, then shows how he has found “true love” with his “bright angel” Juliet through his poetic dialogue, although they are from feuding family’s they decide “what’s in a name”, and she implores him to “doth thy name” and “swear by the god of [her] idolatry”. Shakespeare shows the changing of Romeo’s moral compass throughout the play, he goes from an elated state of mind as life was perfect with “thee”, and then, as the “plague on both (their) houses” is begun by the death of Mercutio, Romeo’s unchecked emotions cause him to commit the disloyal act of murdering his wife’s cousin, Tybalt. Despite of his blundering, Juliet see’s this only as dreadful because of his “banished”.
Different events throughout the play lead these relationships to change, and lead both Romeo and Juliet to distrust their parental figures. For example when the Nurse, whom Juliet trusts deeply, refers to Romeo as a “dishclout” despite knowing that he is Juliet’s husband, this then leads Juliet to distrust the Nurse. When Capulet’s “fingers itch” after Juliet has disobeyed him, this could also be seen as failure on Capulet’s part to be a good parent. Some may argue that these events are examples of how Romeo and Juliet are failed by their parents and parental figures. In Act 3 scene 5 it could be argued that Juliet is failed by both her parents.
489 lines (161-163). That was a line in the book Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare. That quote was said by Romeo in the very beginning of the book because he is so love sick over this girl named Rosaline. Throughout the book Romeo and Juliet, both Romeo and Juliet’s perspective on love changes along with their personalities. As I said before in the beginning of the book Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is gloomy and feeling hopeless about love because Rosaline (the women he “loves”) is not going to get married.
Romeo and Juliet is a play which was written by William Shakespeare in the late sixteenth century. It is about the bitter quarrels of two leading families of Verona, the Montagues and the Capulets, and the miserable love story of their children, the “star-crossed lovers” (prologue). The play was first played in the Globe theatre. It focuses on two themes, love and society at war. In this essay, I will focus on each part of the scene and analyse them, looking at the social and historical context, Shakespeare’s use of language and the dramatic devices, in order to explain why Act 1 Scene 5, of Romeo and Juliet, is an effective piece of drama.
ctions, even ifnot purposely. This shows that, in the end, Friar Lawrence is merely ahypocrite offering his distorted option.One of the places that Friar Lawrence offers hypocritical advice iswhen Romeo consults with him on how he wants to marry Juliet. When Romeofirst goes to Friar Lawrence, excitedly telling him about his new love, Juliet,Friar Lawrence is outraged, telling Romeo that he, like most young men, isnot really in love, but simply lusts for a new woman so quickly after he wasdying for his last. He says that Romeo is being too hasty and unwise inmarrying Juliet, and that he will eventually move on to someone else. Butdespite his own advice, the Friar marries the couple.
The Friar is central in the display of one of the themes of Romeo and Juliet, which is the idea that man has the capacity for both good and evil within, “Two such opposed kings encamp them still/ In man as well as herbs, grace and rude will;” (2.3.27-28). As he ponders the conflicting nature of mankind he stumbles over a thought which quite accurately predicts the outcome of his actions with Juliet and Romeo. He says, “Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied,/ And vice sometimes by action dignified.” (2.3.21-22). His misapplied virtue turns to vice in that his well-intentioned desire for the cessation of the feud leads to disastrous consequences. Although in the end some good comes of it and the feud is ended.