Romeo and Juliet Act1 Scene 5 Analysis

Topics: Romeo and Juliet, Poetry, Love Pages: 2 (726 words) Published: October 3, 2012
“My only love spring from my only hate”
In this act Shakespeare presents strong feelings of love and hate, much like the rest of this play. However, in this particular scene it’s quite significant. Romeo arrives in search of the girl he had been so hopelessly in love with, her name Rosaline. Although, upon entering the party he sees a far more beautiful girl and falls desperately in love with her that girl being Juliet. Love in this story is rather shallow and all based on looks, but I mean without love at first sight the story would not have proceeded and been allot less dramatic. As Romeo laid eyes upon Juliet and became stars truck he begins talking in verse, but due to the way it’s said by an actor you wouldn’t realize, but the reason for him talking this way is him declaring his love to Juliet, and to himself. As he speaks in verse the structure is actually very cleverly hidden it consists with rhyming couplets and contains ten syllables in each line. But what I want to close into is what he actually says. “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright.” Romeo uses a simile meaning Juliet lights up the room with her beauty and she’s brighter than any torch. “It seems she hangs upon a cheek of night, as a rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear –“ Here there is an interesting metaphor which works beautifully, A jewels beauty is intensified against a darker colour, so a very dark person wearing this would make the jewel stand out from far away, and it’s also him saying she’s a rare beauty. “So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows.” Romeo even goes as far as reducing all the other women in the room to crows, and rather interestingly even Rosaline the girl he had been so sure he was in love with. The metaphor he uses here again is him declaring she is a rare beauty and very pure and innocent whereas all the other girls are common and cruel. I believe Romeo talking in verse present allot of strong feelings seeing as he must truly be star struck to be taking in poetry....
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