Romeo and Juliet Definition Paper

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English 9
3/10/13
Sweet Revenge

Vengeance is a major theme that is portrayed throughout the play, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare. Vengeance has been a popular theme that has been used in many stories and movies for many years. For example the 2008 movie Taken, starring Liam Neeson, is about a CIA agent, whose daughter is taken, or kidnapped. He gets a hold of the criminal on the phone and promises him that he will find him and his daughter. Neeson eventually receives vengeance when he kills all of the bad guys and successfully saves his daughter. One simply cannot understand the true meaning of vengeance with just the denotative meaning. Examples from Romeo and Juliet, various comparisons, and multiple definitions, truly help to illustrate the full meaning of the word. The word vengeance can be applied to Romeo and Juliet using both denotative and connotative definitions. It can also be represented using a metaphor , as well as negative comparisons.

Merriam Webster’s definition of vengeance is the punishment inflicted or retribution exacted for an injury or wrong. In other words, it is giving back what you have received either physically or mentally. In a sense, this also means to get back at someone or something because of the wrong doing that they had done. This word can even be applied to the Golden Rule, “treat others the way you want to be treated.” If somebody does something wrong, most likely the other person is going to want to get even. Vengeance is not forgiveness, love, or respect. It also isn’t sympathy, pardon, or kindness. In fact, these words are the complete opposite. When someone has strong feelings of vengeance against someone, they disregard positive feelings of forgiveness and love. When something or someone angers us or pushes us to the limits, it is up to us to use our better judgment and walk away rather than to fight back. Otherwise, conflicts are created which can later lead to fights....
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