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The Theme Of Duality In Romeo And Juliet

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The world is full of opposites: up and down, left and right, empty and full. Duality is when these opposites are put into one idea. There are many great pieces of literature that contain this, but the most prominent are The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, and Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. In both of these pieces, a character or quote indicates the idea of many things having two different meanings to it, which is the main reason that duality exists. When the authors use the theme of duality, they want to affect the reader by making them understand the concept of something they are describing but using two very different things. Though, duality is not only used in older books, but also in modern literature, poems, movies, shows, and even sometimes comics. Duality is the core of expressing ideas using the effects of putting two different things into one idea, and when it is used in a story it affects the story in very bold ways.…show more content…
By this he means humans, as well as plants, have both good and evil. During this part he was explaining how a plant could work as a medicine and also a poison, which supports the idea of all man having good and bad. Another example of duality in Romeo and Juliet is the hatred that Romeo and Juliet are supposed to have for one another, contrasted to the love they share. After Juliet learns that Romeo is a Montague she says “My only love sprung from my only hate! / Too early seen unknown, and known too late! / Prodigious birth of love it is to me, / That I must love a loathed enemy” (I, v, 138-141). This quote shows the contradiction between the way they are supposed to feel and the way they actually
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