The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and Hamlet are just a few of William Shakespeare’s thirty-seven plays. Some would argue that Romeo and Juliet is by far his best and most famous. In this tragedy two families, Capulet and Montague, are feuding. Despite this problem, the two young lovers still meet and continue on to get married. Their love for each other is so strong it will eventually lead to their deaths. The amazing work of Shakespeare and how he created it made such a complicated play of poetry and tragedy seem so fantastic and exciting.
In the balcony scene, which is one of the most famous scenes, Juliet openly shares her thoughts aloud on feelings she has for Romeo after just meeting him. Romeo hears all of this while hiding below Juliet’s balcony. He overhears, “O, Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? / Deny thy father and refuse thy name; / And I’ll no longer be a Capulet” (Act II, Scene ii, Lines 33-36) Despite the fact that the two families are in a long term hate war with each other, Romeo and Juliet still fall in love and then go forth with marrying each other. William Shakespeare made this soliquie work by using poetry, and personification. He used powerful language in this scene when he said “Deny thy father…” (Act II, Scene ii, Line 34). This is powerful language because disobeying your parents openly was very disrespectful in the 1500’s. Shakespeare also made this scene work by using personification when saying “Tis but thy name that is my enemy” (Act II, Scene ii, Line 38). This is personification because a name really can’t be an enemy. This scene is definitely memorable and significant to the play. The balcony scene is memorable mainly because of Juliet saying what she did in the presence of Romeo. This really helped to speed up their relationship. The reasoning for this is, think about what if this speech didn’t happen, Romeo and Juliet’s love life may have never happened nearly as fast.
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