Romeo and Juliet Essay

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William Shakespeare’s inclusion of love in the play, Romeo and Juliet, serves to convey the sense of foreboding and finality given the in the Prologue. By introducing and applying profound metaphors with subtle undertones, Shakespeare paints love as a burdensome and sometimes self-destructing force that brings down many, if not all people in its enticing embrace.

“I am too sore empierced with his shaft/To soar with his light feathers, and so bound/ I cannot bound a pitch above dull woe./ Under love’s heavy burden do I sink.” In this quote, Shakespeare equates love a weight that in its basest form tantalizes the lovers with its seeming lightness and grace, but in reality is but heavy baggage. In a philosophical sense, love is a hindrance that prevents one from achieving his full potential due to the emotional distress inevitably intertwined in the intricacies of its rituals and exchanges. In a more literal sense, love creates distress that prevents a person from divesting himself of the baggage associated with its emotions and essentially weighs them down. Shakespeare compounds the sheer weight of love by including a metaphor on the futility of bounding past woe, misery, and self-doubt; a near impossible feat considering the weight associated with love in the metaphor. Shakespeare introduces love in this metaphor quite bluntly as a burden, a weight, and baggage. It is burdensome to the point that it prevents person from saving himself from the endless cacophony that is self-doubt and the countless negative emotions and introspections that drown said lover.

“By heaven, I will tear thee joint by joint/ And strew this hungry churchyard with thy limbs./ The time and my intents are savage-wild,/ More fierce and more inexorable far/ Than empty tigers or the raging sea.” Here, Shakespeare portrays love as a “fierce and more inexorable far” element that causes the lover to become aggressive and irrational, something that in hindsight would make it unattractive to its...
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