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Symbols in Romeo and Juliet

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Celine Mamaid

on 8 July 2016

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Transcript of Symbols in Romeo and Juliet

Symbols in Romeo and Juliet
Generally, it is an object representing another to give it an entirely different meaning that is much deeper and more significant.
Poison is considered a symbolism because it symbolizes not only the suicidal instrument used by Romeo and Juliet but it also symbolizes the feud between the Montagues and Capulets. Their feud poisoned Romeo and Juliet's relationship that ended in a tragedy. The poison also symbolized how poisonous the relationship was between Romeo and Juliet that they were willing to take their lives out of love. Their love was indeed poisonous and how ironic it is that they died because of poison intake.
During the Elizabethan Era, thumb biting was seen to be an act of mockery and a call to fight. Samson was recognized to have bitten his tongue at the Capulets as a form of mockery which is seen to be childish.This symbolizes the foolishness of the feud between the households as they have been fighting for no acceptable reason. It also shows how meaningless the violence used in the play is.
Queen Mab, as mentioned by Mercutio before they went to the party is a fairy that comes to those who dream at night. She recalls and reassures the dreamers of the vices. She symbolizes how powerful these vices and fantasies are reaching a certain point wherein people act on such. This symbolizes the love Romeo and Juliet had as it became their vice, and ended tragically.
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The contrast between light and darkness symbolizes the characteristics of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo describes Juliet's beauty as one that teaches the torches to burn bright. Juliet compares Romeo as a light that illuminates the darkness. She also mentioned that if Romeo were to die, that his face be cut in little stars to hang in the heavens to lighten up the night that has fallen upon them.
A pattern observed in the play is that most of the troubles and challenges faced are set in the night time. Romeo and Juliet's first meeting, the killing of Tybalt and Mercutio, Romeo's banishment, Juliet drinking the poison and so much more in the following parts of the play. Night time also symbolizes their mysterious love as no one knows about it and their confidants. They remain secretive like the night time. It also symbolizes how deadly their love is. Like the night, that symbolizes darkness and death, their relationship brought them to the darkest corners of themselves and eventually led to their death.
Before the brawl that Tybalt and Romeo had, Benvolio mentioned that it was a very hot day. This contributed to the heat of the fight that killed Tybalt and Mercutio. The heat symbolized how hot-headed both households are that this contributed to the brawls and feud being held. The heat symbolizes how the households have not absolved their conflict causing the deaths and violence in the city of Verona.
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