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Romeo and Juliet Death Imagery

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Andy Gao

on 11 May 2012

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The End Romeo And Juliet Question Time! And one more thing... By: Andy Gao ACT I ACT I "Crankered with the peace, to part your cankered hate. If ever you disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace." Throughout Romeo and Juliet, Death and burial imagery is one of the most significant fears that every character has to face. Death is an indescribable feeling, even until this day humanity is not fully able to unfold its secrets, even with the technology that it has. In Romeo and Juliet, we know that in the end the couple meets their death, not only because of their true love but because of the feud that was created generations earlier between the two families. For the most part, Death is portrayed as a horrible and gruesome thing in life, but in this play, death disperses the conflict between the rival families. Death in Romeo and Juliet defines not only a character's true love like Romeo and Juliet, but also anger between the feuding families. Thesis Statement Death/ Burial Imagery This Quote is said by Prince of Verona. He is using death as a sign of punishment of disturbing the streets. Shakespeare put the scene of the prince giving his speech towards the two families in the beginning of the play, was to show the anger that the two families had for each other, to the point that they are willing to give their live for their family honor. We can also see that the city of Verona looks down upon the feud by taking their life if another fight breaks out. Scene 1
Line 85 "Go ask his name.—If he be married. My grave is like to be my wedding bed" Juliet says this quote to herself after meeting Romeo at the party and finding out his true identity. She says that if he is married, she will kill herself in order to be with him. She also says that her one true love is the son of her only enemy. Shakespeare puts this quote in is to show Juliet’s love for Romeo, but also to show an example of first sight love that both Romeo and Juliet is connected to. Scene 1
Line 135 ACT 2 Poison hath residence and medicine power. For this, being smelt, with that part cheers each part; being tasted, stays all senses with the heart. Two such opposed kings encamp them still, in man as well as herbs—grace and rude will. This Quote is said by Friar Lawrence, to himself. He says that Mother Nature has brought many wonderful plants and animals that possess great power, for instance the power of beauty from a flower might smell so good but when tasted can be deadly. The power of the flowers can also be possessed in humans, as we seen with Romeo and Juliet love. For instance their physical appearance is irresistible between them two, But they know they belong to their enemy. Shakespeare uses Friar Lawrence’s quote to foreshadow the events that would happen later in the play. Scene 3
Line 24 ACT 3 "Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man. I am Peppered, I warrant for this world. A plague o’ both your houses!" Scene 1
Line 65 Mercutio says this quote after he is stabbed by Tybalt. The wound was big enough to kill him, which he knew he wouldn’t live to see the next sunlight. With his next sentence, we are revealed that not only Romeo and Juliet disfavor the family feud but all the other members that are sucked into it. Mercutio says he wants a plague to strike both of the houses because he wished everyone dies so that the feud will be over, but also go through the same experience he is going through. Shakespeare placed Mercutio quote of the plague in his play to show a disapproval of the feud not only by society and Romeo and Juliet but one of the important members of the family. ACT 3 Ha, banishment! Be merciful, say “death,” For exile hath more terror in his look, much more than death. Do not say “banishment.” There is no world without Verona walls but purgatory, torture, hell itself. Hence “banished” is banished from the world, and world’s exile is death. Then “banished,” Scene 3
Line 15 In this quote Romeo is talking to Friar Lawrence about being banished from Verona for killing tybalt. Romeo says being exiled is worse than death. Outside of Verona is like being banished from life, because he is away from Juliet, and not seeing Juliet is like mentally torturing his mind. Romeo wants to replace death for being banished because death is also another way out, where his soul can live with Juliet. Shakespeare adds the depth of their love with the killing of tybalt, and showing how much he really wants Juliet. ACT 4 God joined my heart and Romeo’s, thou our hands. And ere this hand, by thee to Romeo sealed, shall be the label to another deed, or my true heart with treacherous revolt turn to another, this shall slay them both. Scene 1
Line 56 Juliet is talking to Friar Lawrence about her connection to god, that she is now to be with Romeo because they are married, when she finds out that she is supposed to marry Paris she goes to Friar Lawrence for assistance. She tells him if she marries Pairs she will kill herself with a knife that was lying on the counter. In this quote, Shakespeare adds the power of religion in the play with god, and how it disgraceful to be married to two people. Being married comes with great responsibilities like being truthful and loving each other, but if she marries Paris she will not feel the same experience as she had with Romeo. ACT 4 What if this mixture do not work at all? Shall I be married then tomorrow morning? No, no. This shall forbid it. Lie thou there. (lays her knife down) What if it be a poison, which the friar Subtly hath ministered to have me dead Scene 3
Line 21 Juliet says this sentences to herself right before she is about to take the poison that is supposed to fake her death, she is questioning if the poison doesn’t work and it kills her or will Romeo save her before she is buried with tybalt. All of these questions made Juliet scared of death, because of the unknown that death brings. Shakespeare adds this section in to show even though Juliet says she is willing to die, she physically won’t do it. ACT 5 Where be these enemies?—Capulet! Montague! See what a scourge is laid upon your hate, That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love! And I, for winking at your discords, too Have lost a brace of kinsmen. All are punished. This Quote is said by the prince after he is given the information on the case of Paris, Romeo and Juliet death. He is telling that the two families caused their death, was because of their feud, it also took away their love ones on each side of the two families. Both sides are punished by death. Shakespeare adds this scene were both families are gathered was to show the feud is broken by death. Scene 3
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