Transformation Of Love In Romeo And Juliet

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At the mention of the phrase, “love can transform a person,” most people reflect upon the happiness and blessings that come with finding one’s other half. William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet broadens the spectrum of love’s possibilities as the play narrates the progressions of a doomed relationship toward death. Belonging to two rival families, the Montagues and the Capulets, Romeo and Juliet cultivate their forbidden love and marry in secret. After a string of misfortunes, including Romeo’s exile and Juliet’s arranged marriage with another man, the two lovers commit suicide, unable to imagine a life without one another. Through the use of oxymorons and hyperboles dotted throughout Romeo and Juliet’s interactions, Shakespeare communicates the theme of love’s ability to change one’s values, whether in a positive or negative direction. Influenced by the roundabout, labyrinthine roadmap of Romeo’s thoughts, Juliet gradually adopts a more convoluted yet adult-like way of thinking. When the play first introduces Romeo, Benvolio tries to find the root of his companion’s persistent grief. Instead, Romeo answers with a series of ambiguous riddles and contradicting phrases. Merging the potential joys of love with his current suffering of unrequited love, he expresses the complexity and bittersweetness of romance, exclaiming, “O brawling love, O loving hate” (Shakespeare 1.1.181), and later suggesting that it is both “A choking gall, and a preserving sweet” (1.1.201). Despite his hapless attempts with Rosaline, Romeo holds on to simply the concept of love and his idealistic impressions of romance. Paired with the extremity of his thoughts and emotions, these oxymorons demonstrate his immaturity and inexperience with entirely devoting hi... ... middle of paper ... ...ightingale, not the lark. Knowing this is not true and that it is, in actuality, morning, Romeo matter-of-factly reminds her that he would either be “gone and live” or “stay and die” (3.5.101). Here, Romeo becomes the practical voice that holds him steady in the past; now, he keeps Juliet within the realms of reality and tries to make her face the present. Even though he feels just as heartbroken and tormented to leave his wife, he imparts a more mature attitude instead of denying or distorting the truth. Thus, by implementing oxymorons and hyperboles, Shakespeare showcases the growths and relapses of both these lovers and the way their relationship changes one another. Although the happiness and blessings of love are what make it so desirable, the challenges and hindrances are what ultimately transform a person; whether for better or for worse is one’s own decision.
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