Honors English 9, Period 2
16 December 2011
Unit Cumulative Essay: Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare uses contrasting language to intensify conflict between and within characters. The contrast of love and hate to dramatize Juliet’s internal conflict. Though Juliet loves Romeo, she is torn by many conflicting emotions. This is demonstrated in a rant of Juliet's, " O brawling love, O loving hate, O anything of nothing first create! O heavy lightness, serious vanity, Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms, Father of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health, Still-waking sleep that is not what it is! This love feel I, that feel no love in this. (I.i.181-187)” Juliet's lines let the reader know the confusion she is feeling. She cannot decide whether or not her feelings are negative or positive, therefore she expresses that they are neither negative nor positive, but both. Shakespeare uses the juxtaposition of dark and light to highlight Romeo's internal conflict. The conflict is displayed in a scene where Romeo sights Juliet, “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night as a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear- Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear. So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows as yonder lady o'er her fellow shows. (I.V.51-56)” Romeo, filled with emotion, uses a lot of contrasting language. Romeo uses many different metaphors to describe Juliet’s insane beauty; he gives different examples of her standing out over other females by comparing her sparkling, bright beauty, to something dark or bland. Shakespeare uses the antithesis of good and evil to describe the conflict between Romeo and Juliet. Here Juliet complains of how she wishes Romeo could be a Capulet to they would be able to be together, "Tis but thy name is my enemy thou art thyself though not a Montague. What's Montague? Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part belonging to a man. O, be which we call a rose by any...
Cited: Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. Washington DC: Washington Square Press, 1922. Print.
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