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Power of Love
Transcript of Power of Love
In the story
Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare, a major theme is "power of love". This is shown through the actions of the characters Romeo and Juliet.
Juliet says to herself :
“O Romeo, O Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, all i’ll no longer be a Capulet.”
Here Juliet is saying that she would give up her name, meaning she would no longer be a Capulet, and give up everything she is and has right now just to be with Romeo.
Literary devices :
Repetition (“O Romeo, O Romeo”) it is repeating the phrase "O Romeo"
Romeo says to Juliet
: “Well Juliet, I will lie with thee tonight.”
: Romeo is saying that he will drink the poison and die beside her in the tomb because he loves her and wants to be with her no matter what. He thinks killing himself as soon as possible is the only way to be with her forever.
: Imagery, the audience or reader pictures him lying beside to her in the tomb, dead.
In the first quote shown it is obvious that she is already, ready to give up her life for a boy she met the same day. since she is only 13 she is very childish and does not know of the possible consequences that could happen is she falling in love so quickly and without thinking. This is not true love because their love is based on looks rather than heart or personality as Friar Lawrence said. In the rest of the play she stays the same. Always saying she would do anything for Romeo, give up her family, go to dangerous quests, and even take her life.
Juliet to herself
: “Yea, noise? Then I’ll be brief. O happy dagger! This is thy sheath; there rust, and let me die."
: She is going to kill herself by stabbing herself because Romeo is dead and she wants to be with him. It would hurt a lot yet she still does it to be with her love.
: This is a metaphor because she is comparing the sheath to her body. She is saying the sheath is her body because she will put the dagger in her chest to kill herself. It is like the sheath that holds the dagger and prevents it from rusting. so just like the dagger her body will also stop it from rusting after she stabs herself.
Therefore as seen by the characters Romeo and Juliet, the power of love is a big theme in the story Romeo and Juliet.
Juliet says to the nurse : “O bid me leap, rather than marry Paris, from off the battlements of any tower, or walk in thievish way, or bid me lurk where servants are . . .“ (IV.i.77-79) Explanation : Juliet is saying that she’d rather risk her life and be tortured by serpents than marry Paris because of her love and loyalty towards Romeo. Literary device : Hyperbole because she probably would never actually do all those things. She is just saying all of it because she is trying to get a point across.