How does Shakespeare reconcile women in what The Norton Shakespeare terms a romance play? Given the tragic outcomes of certain female characters (i.e., Desdemona and Juliet), sexuality must be promptly considered. Desdemona’s “jeopardized” fidelity ignites Othello’s murdering hands. Her sexuality controls him. In the same way, it might be argued that severe sexuality is the compulsion of Romeo and Juliet.
William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet There are many oppositions in Romeo and Juliet and I am going to explore the oppositions that I think are the most important to the play. The oppositions have a marked effect on the play and cause some of the turning points in the play such as the fight scene where Tybalt and Mercutio are killed. There are also clashes of oppositions such as when Romeo tries to love Tybalt in the fight scene in Act 3 scene 1. This shows the oppositions of love and hate coming to a sharp focus. In another sense, the clashing of oppositions also happens in oxymoron.
Violence and Conflict in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is a tragedy about “a pair of star cross’d lovers”, blinded by their love for one another; it is a classic story of forbidden love, with scenes of high drama, killing and a tragic ending. The play both opens and ends with violent scenes, caused by the on going ‘grudge’ between the two families. The feud between the Montagues and the Capulets reigns supreme, and rules seemingly over love, over justice, in an almost unfair manner, as ‘civil blood makes civil hands unclean’. The image of violence being so unfair exists prominently in the deaths of the central characters of the cast. The young and pure lives of ‘Romeo’ and ‘Juliet’ is brought to a despicable end through the violence around them, which eventually brings about reconciliation between the families.
Although the play is known for its love story, it is as much about love as it is about hate between the two rival families. Therefore there are many contrasts within the play, for instance Romeo uses oxymorons which Juliet echoes later, ' Here's much to do with hate, but more with love.' Act 1 scene 1. Within the play there are many different characters who have different perceptions of love, which is what I will be analysing in this essay. The first reference to love in the play occurs in the first scene when the audience meet Sampson and Gregory who perceive woman in a crude, vulgar and misogynistic way.
The tragedy Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare validates the struggle behind Romeo and Juliet's love. Through dialogue and plot Shakespeare addresses the birth of love with the families’ violence that threatens to taint love’s existence. The contradicting terms violence and love contrasts the blooming emotions from Romeo and Juliet and the families’ feud. Their death becomes an oxymoron as their feelings turn to happiness instead of sorrow. Shakespeare’s use of oxymoron contrasts the Montague-Capulet feud against the passion of Romeo and Juliet’s love.
Shakespeare’s perceptive point of view about social order and gender role are significantly introduced within King Lear through many characters, as they are indicative to the discrepancy of standardized gender role prevalent in his period of time. In King Lear, the readers can progressively perceive the alterations within the daughters, as they yearn to surpass their limitations that are imposed based on their gender to achieve equality and power. Shakespeare intelligently implements the feebleness of both males and females within his play as a way to indicate humanity’s fragility and frailness. Additionally, he switches the gender roles of the characters at the end, creating a notorious conflict among the relationships of those characters.
Why do these groups feud and keep love bound by hatred? How are these groups alike in their intent? What are the similarities between the leaders of the groups or gangs in both Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story? The hatred of diversity is what created these groupings, binding them to love their hate. In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet the conflict between the Montagues and the Capulets is kept heated by the servants.
Shakespeare with the help of these assets could properly project many ideas to the audience and appeal to them psychologically. Three major themes that are psychologically dominant and unique but present in both plays would include the constant struggle between reason vs. emotion, betrayal, and love being a strong asset. There is quite a bit of chaos present in both plays this is all due to the struggle between reason and emotion, this struggle puts quite a lot of characters in dilemma’s, causes quite a disruption in characters lives etc. a small example of this would be how in Hamlet Ophelia lost in Hamlet’s love and in despair goes crazy and eventually dies. In Antony and Cleopatra it is noticed that Antony abandons all military reasoning and the fact that he is indeed a “military hero” and pursues his love for Cleopatra.
In King Lear, this parallel structure reflects the tragic nature of the plot primarily in the symmetries between Lear and Gloucester. By describing a simultaneous betrayal, of Lear by Goneril and Regan, and of Gloucester by Edmund, Shakespeare not only establishes a strong sense of cruelty in the breaking of familial bonds, but also strengthens the play’s overall themes through repetition. This repetition is, however, not without key differences, which offer two distinct perspectives that lead to a cohesive whole. For instance, when juxtaposing Lear’s belief that “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child” (1.4.302-3) with Gloucester’s “O my follies! Then Edgar was abused.
This “ancient grudge” and deep hate between the families affects not just whole of Verona but also Romeo and Juliet’s love for each other. Shakespeare immaculately heightens the intensity of these conflicts throughout the story with his brilliant usage of stylistic devices, themes and imagery. An oxymoron is a figure of speech which produces a self-contradiction, and contains two descriptive words which oppose each other in meaning. Shakespeare commonly used this stylistic feature throughout the whole story of Romeo and Juliet, and one might even describe the relation between Romeo and Juliet as an oxymoron; two people from two different opposing families. The two subjects do not fit together what so ever, still, they find a way to embrace and love each other, similarly to how two opposing words in an oxym... ... middle of paper ... ...deployed well thought out, intricate and complex stylistic features which heighten the intensity and creates tension in the reader as well as the audience.