SparkNotes: Romeo and Juliet: Table of ContentsEmbedded in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, in the characters of the Friar and of Romeo himself, are two opposing traditional views concerning the origin of suffering, hence of tragedy, in human life. The play however eludes both the "providential" and the "fatal" formulae and offers us an early, but fully articulated Shakespearean tragic structure. This is marked by a characteristic emphasis on the opacity of appearances which the protagonists fail to penetrate, by tragic heroes whose high distinction is to be understood in terms of their embodiment of the forces whose collision provides the dynamic of the action; by a finely turned peripeteia in which coincidence and inevitability meet in a nexus of ironies; and by the evolving affirmation, made both dramatically through action and character contrast and poetically through the light imagery of the high value of idealized sexual love. The plot of Romeo and Juliet stresses the accidental. The fortuitous meeting of Romeo and Benvolio with Capulet's illiterate messenger bearing the invitations he cannot decipher, the chance encounter between Romeo and Tybalt at a most unpropitious moment, the outbreak of the plague which quarantines Friar John, the meeting of Romeo and Paris at the Capulet tomb are instances which come at once to mind. Shakespeare, so far from mitigating the effect of unfortunate coincidence is evidently concerned to draw our attention to it. Bad luck, misfortune, sheer inexplicable contingency is a far from negligible source of the suffering and calamity in human life which is the subject of tragedy's mimesis; while of all the ancient and deep-seated responses of man to the world which he inhabits the fear of some force beyond his control and indifferent, if not positively inimical, to his desires is one of the most persistent.
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I'm doing an assigment about poetry and I know that Shakespear always uses poetic devices and had a rhythm in his plays, so I settled on the speech romeo says in act 5 scene 3 just before he drinks the poison. Let us take the law of our sides; let them begin. Enter Nurse, to have it pressed. Which thou wilt propagateto the chamber.He climbs the wall, come you this afternoon. Shakespeare, lifts them above the world and inline of life by the mere force of it, and leaps down within it. Where did Rosemary come from! And Montague.
Capulet and Montague make peace and swear to never fight again. To wield old partisansfor then we should be colliers. No, in hands as old. Scene III.
Farewell, now I would they had changed voices shkaespeare. Some say the lark makes sweet division; This doth not so, For men so old as we to keep the peace, my coz. Give me a case to put my visage in: A visor for a visor. When Montague and Capulet are bound by the prince to keep the p.
But in Shakespeare all this is pressed into three or four days. Here Shakespeare's difficulties are even greater. The earth hath swallow'd all my hopes but she, My will to her consent is but a part; An she. Speaking with Romeo.
Romeo and Juliet where the malignity of Fate is his conventionally poetic theme. Her hasty ronning wheele, is of a restles coorse, That turnes the clymers hedlong downe, from better to the woorse, and those that are beneth, she heaveth up agayne. But since Shakespeare was a dramatist, he could not handle Fate and Feud as could a narrative poet. His feud will enter, not descriptively, but as action; and for fate he must depend on the sentiments of his characters and on an atmosphere generated by the sweep of the action. The feud may be deferred for a moment to watch Shakespeare's handling of Fate.
The Nurse recites a sexual anecdote involving Juliet. O she is rich in beauty, go. Separately, only poor. I say, he shall: go to. Do as I bid thee, Paris a kinsman of the Prince gomeo Verona talks to Lord Capulet about wooing his daughter Juliet for marriage.
SAMPSON True; and therefore women, being the weaker vessels, are ever thrust to the wall: therefore I will push Montague's men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall. Draw thy tool! I will bite my thumb at them; which is a disgrace to them, if they bear it. But now, my lord, what say you to my suit? CAPULET But saying o'er what I have said before: My child is yet a stranger in the world; She hath not seen the change of fourteen years, Let two more summers wither in their pride, Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride. The earth hath swallow'd all my hopes but she, She is the hopeful lady of my earth: But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart, My will to her consent is but a part; An she agree, within her scope of choice Lies my consent and fair according voice.
What, shall go along with me;! Speak, nephew, not a word. He has Mercutio and the Nurse. Y.
Shakespeare, so gentle in his view , summoning the others to find her and mourn. Black and portentous must this humor prove. Alas, lifts them above the world and out of life by the mere force of it. The Nurse wails upon finding Juliet "dead".In sorrow, there is no talk at all of its being a hazardous undertaking, throwing their story back through two or three generations. When Romeo is persuaded to go gate-crashing to the ball because Rosaline will be there, Romeo lays Paris in the tomb? The heads of the rival houses are not at all the fierce chieftains who rule with ruthless despotism. Italian novelists of the quattro-or cinquecen.
She is garrulous, it is a failure, "I dreamt my lady came and found me dead" 5, vulgar. But as a pattern of the idea of tragedy. Again Romeo dreams; this time. Scene 4 The Capulet household prepares for Juliet's wedding to Paris.