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Love and Pain in "Romeo and Juliet"
An analysis of the themes of love and pain in the play "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare.
# 152975 | 1,657 words | 2 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 01, 2013 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

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The paper examines how throughout "Romeo and Juliet", Shakespeare considers the dilemma of love and questions if it is worth the pain it sometimes brings. The paper first looks at the language Shakespeare uses to emphasize the emotions the lovers feel toward one another and then describes the transition from the joy of love to the tragedy of love. Next, the paper analyzes Shakespeare's characterization and how he contrasts Romeo's character with that of Juliet, and also looks at how Shakespeare allowed his characters to be affected by chance in this play. The paper concludes that the journey of Romeo and Juliet, expressed through lively language and careful attention to character, allows us to see that sometimes the benefits of love outweigh the risks.

From the Paper:

"Pain is not something we normally think of when we consider love or falling in love but Romeo and Juliet make us look at the pain associated with love and question its merit. Henry Myers captures the essence of the play when he writes, "Here we see not a happy ending, as in a fairy story, and not an unhappy ending, as in some grim naturalistic tale . . . but a truly tragic ending, in which joy and sorrow are inevitably joined together--a victory in defeat, a victory of the human spirit accompanied by the inevitable defeat of finite human beings" (162). Shakespeare manages to illustrate the scope of love with these two people. He brings them to us and allows us to see their yearning turn into complete happiness, only to see the same yearning be their ultimate enemy.
"Shakespeare uses language to emphasize the emotions the lovers feel toward one another. From the very moment the two see each other, it is as if something snaps and they are bound together on a path of passion. Language is the best way to convey this emotion. Responding to the sight of Juliet, Romeo says, "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright; / Her beauty hangs upon the cheek of night / Like a rich jewel in AEthiop's ear" (Shakespeare I.v.41-6).

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Myers, Henry Alonzo. (1963) "Tragedy and Comedy." A Midsummer Night's Dream. Wolfgang Clemen, ed. New York: Signet Classics. 155-170. Print.
  • Shakespeare, William. (1994) Romeo and Juliet. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. New York: Barnes and Noble Books. Print.

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