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Romeo and Juliet: Religious Imagery and Love as Religon

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Ally Sipple

on 4 January 2013

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by Ally Sipple Romeo and Juliet: Religious Imagery and Love as Religion Shakespeare uses religious imagery to show the intense, blind love Romeo and Juliet feel for eachother. Using this theme, Shakespeare attempts to teach us that it is catastrophic to worship and idolize one person, and although there are both the light and dark sides of love and of religion, but it's dangerous to catagorize love as our religion. Act 2 . Scene 2 . Line 115 Juliet: "Or, if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self, Which is the god of my idolatry"

Juliet is speaking to Romeo about swearing their love on the balcony. She is saying that Romeo is her god, and she idolizes him. She is also tellin Romeo to swear by his god like self. Shakespeare could have included this line to show that worshipping one god is dangerous. Act 2 . Scene 2 . Line 50 Romeo: "Call be but love and I'll be new baptized"

Romeo is talking to Juliet on the balcony when she is giving her soliloquy, expressing her deepest thoughts. Romeo is telling Juliet to call him "love" instead of Romeo, and he'll never be Romeo again. He is referring to being baptized in a church. Romeo would give up his whole identity to be with Juliet. He would do absolutely anything to be with her. Act 2 . Scene 2 . Line 15 Romeo: "O, speak again, bright angel! For thou art As glorious to this night, being o'er my head, As is a wingèd messenger of heaven"

Romeo is speaking to himself, telling Juliet to speak again. He is comparing Juliet to an angel in heaven, saying she is glorious. This is a lighter, more innocent side of their love. Act 3 . Scene 2 . Line 23 Juliet: "And he will make the face of heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night" Juliet is saying that Romeo's face is the night, and it is so beautiful, that everyone will forget about the sun and fall in love with the night. Juliet it telling the audience that everyone should be in love with Romeo and worship him. It's not good to believe something like this, because you'll lose focus on what really matters most. Act 3 . Scene 3 . Line 29 Romeo: "'Tis torture and not mercy. Heaven is here,Where Juliet lives" Romeo is telling Friar Lawrence that heaven is here because Juliet lives here. Romeo loves the earth Juliet walks upon and worships it. Romeo also says it is pure torture without Juliet here with him. Romeo speaks as if he has nothing else to live for but Juliet. Act 1 . Scene 5 . Line 92 Romeo: "If I profane with my unworthiest handThis holy shrine, the gentle sin is this: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss" Act 2 . Scene 2 . Line 55 Romeo: "My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself Because it is an enemy to thee. Act 3 . Scene 2 . Line 41 Juliet: "Can heaven be so envious?" Romeo just met Juliet at the Capulet party. He is asking Juliet for a kiss, and he tells her that if his unworthy hand offends her "holy shrine", to let him fix it with a kiss. Romeo just saw Juliet and is already referring to her as a holy shrine. Romeo already worships Juliet this early in the play, only because of her looks. Romeo is referring to Juliet as a saint. He is saying that because Juliet hates his name, he hates his name too. He will do anything to please Juliet, even if it results in him hating himself. He idolizes Juliet, and would do anything to make her happy. This is both a light and dark side of their love. The Nurse just informed Juliet that Romeo is "dead". Juliet is asking if heaven could be so jealous of their love, that it would take Romeo away from her. Juliet worships Romeo so much, that she truly believes heaven is to blame for what she believes to be Romeo's "death". She lost sight of what truly is important and is blaming everyone else for her own loss.
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