Clandestine with Adulation: Romeo and Juliet

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Through reading William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the reader finds details, diction, and symbolism to convey the theme regardless of being motivated by love or fear, deceptions and secrets can be destructive. In the beginning of the play, Shakespeare creates a conflict in which Romeo, a son of the Montague family, and Juliet, a daughter of the Capulet family, are in love with each other but have the obstacle of their families being in contention with each other. The conflict becomes oblivious to them due to their passionate love for each other. One night when the lovers first meet each other, Romeo is already trying to commit his life to her and Juliet replies “If that thy bent of love be honorable, / Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow, / By one that I’ll procure to come to thee, / Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite; / And all my fortunes at thy foot I’ll lay / And follow thee my lord throughout the world” (II.ii.143-148). Shakespeare’s details in this quote distinctly show the eagerness Juliet has for Romeo, especially if she is willing to follow him the rest of her life. Romeo and Juliet want to get married but come to realize that their families will not approve of their marriage. They then choose to elope in secrecy so their families do not find out. It is obvious that Juliet will lay down her future in Romeo’s hands because of her love for him and they are motivated to do anything no matter the consequence just to be with each other. Romeo and Juliet are driven by love to keep this a secret from everyone because of the hatred between the two families and do not use their conscience to notice the consequences that will come ahead. In the next Act, the deep passion for each other between the two lovers continues and causes Romeo to act abnormally. Another way Shakespeare develops his theme is with diction. Act III begins with Tybalt looking for Romeo because of his anger for Romeo attending a Capulet party. Romeo shows up and Tybalt wants to fight Romeo in which he resists and says that he has a reason to love and to not feel the rage that he normally should. Tybalt says that Romeo’s words can’t make up for what he had done to him and he wants to fight.

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