Ayona Bieber Blackmon
Freshman Honors English
4 April 2013
The Role of Foreshadowing in Romeo and Juliet
William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet foreshadows the execrable endings and dreadful fates of “A pair of star-crossed lovers” (Prologue.6). By chance of destiny, the characters Romeo and Juliet unite, wed, and die. William, as he does a plethora of times, reveals this affair with the use of foreshadowing. Shakespeare utilizes foreshadowing to bestow a relief to his audience as well as keep them interested simultaneously. Shakespeare uses foreshadowing to develop anticipation for the reader. He writes …”I’ll look to like, if looking liking move” (1.iii.99) here Juliet speaks of her lack of attraction for Paris, suspense grows here because the reader awaits the encounter of the two again. In Romeo and Juliet a significantly heart-breaking ending takes place, however with Shakespeare's commitment to foreshadowing, he is capable of preventing his audience from being too astonished. For instance, Juliet says, "O God, I have an ill-divining soul! / Methinks I see thee, now thou art so low, / As one dead in the bottom of the tomb"(3.5.14-56). Juliet has mixed feelings about the arrangement devised by the Friar so that the two of them can be together. Juliet thinks disaster will come of previous tactics developed to allow Romeo and her to be together. In addition, when Romeo is speaking of his love for Juliet he says, "And but thou love me, let them find me here. / My life were better ended by their hate / Then death prorogued, wanting of thy love"(2.2.75-77). Romeo's immense love for Juliet will eventually lead to the fall of himself. Death lingers throughout the play between Romeo and his love, Juliet. In conclusion, when Juliet is thinking about Romeo she says, "Give me Romeo; and when he shall die / Take him and cut him out in little stars, / And he will make the face of heaven so fine / That all the world will be in love with...
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