A Taste of Shakespeare - 'Romeo and Juliet'
William Shakespeare is widely known for all of his literary works; one of his most famous love tragedies being 'Romeo and Juliet'. A Shakespearean definition of tragedy exemplifies the sense that human beings are inevitably doomed through their own failures or errors, the ironic action of their virtues, or even through the nature of fate and destiny (Sayour, Susan, 2007). Romeo and Juliet is a tragic tale based on two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately unite their feuding families. Throughout the play, Shakespeare intentionally draws on text structures and language features in order to replicate the attitudes, values and beliefs of Elizabethan audiences and intertwine it into his
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The plot and themes have effectively been used in Act 4, Scene 3 where Juliet challenges the subservient role of living in the Elizabethan era by rebelling against her father; the head of the family. This conflict has highly contributed to the overall tragedy that is Romeo and Juliet. The scene contains themes of love, loyalty and fate; though the main theme is certainly the act of rebellion by Juliet as she fore mostly defies what is expected of her. In this scene, Juliet's loyalty towards Romeo begins the impending doom which awaits the star-crossed lovers at the end of the play. Her next rebellion after her secret marriage with Romeo is also shown in this scene. "What if this mixture do not work at all... Or, if I live, is it not very like the horrible conceit of death and night (4:3:21-38). Because of their forbidden love, Juliet made a particularly defiant decision in taking Friar Lawrence's potion in order to escape marrying Paris, her arranged husband. To her, marrying anyone other than Romeo was as intense as taking her own life. "Together with the terror of the place... Romeo, Romeo, Romeo! Here’s drink. I drink to thee" (4:3:21-59). The plot tangled with tragedy is revealed when her love for Romeo wins in the end as she finally drinks the potion; not knowing that this simple act will turn her life into a sorrowful love story, which will be known as a truly tragic tale.
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