Paragraph 1 – Language/metaphor
Metaphors in Romeo and Juliet are everywhere. A metaphor is a form of figurative language which applies to non-literal descriptions of two comparisons. A lot of the metaphors occurred at the start of the play where Romeo and Juliet fall in love. In act 1 scene 5 at the Capulet’s party Romeo says “To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.” This metaphor is giving us an impression that Romeo and Juliets connection is a destiny. Another metaphor is when Juliet compares her and Romeos relationship to a new love. “This bud of love, by summers ripening breathe, may prove a beauteous flower when we meet next.” A bud the part of a flower that is nearly ready but still needs to grow so Juliet is stating that their relationship will grow the next time they meet.
Paragraph – dramatic irony
Paragraph 2 – Refers to God
Paragraph 3 – Plot
The idea of fate in Romeo And Juliet is presented by a series of events that happened by coincidence. When coincidence occurs they consider this is be a sign of god intentions. The first occurrence of fate in Shakespeare’s play is when Romeo and Benvolio run into the Capulets servant on the street. He was carrying invitations to the Capulets party. This is where Romeo and Juliet where to meet and full in love. The servant was unable to read so asks Romeo for assistance and says “if you not the house of Montague’s, I pray come and crush a cup of wine”. Another example of fate was when Friar Lawrence’s letter didn’t make it to Romeo. Friar Lawrence sent a letter to Romeo to inform him of Juliets plan to take a potion which will fake her death then when she wakes up Friar will take her to Mantua where her and Romeo will live together. Friar John informs Friar Lawrence about how the letter didn’t make it to Romeo because he was shut up in a quarantine due to an outbreak of the plague. “Where the infectious pestilence did reign, sealed up the doors and did not let us forth so that my speed to Mantua there was stayed.” These coincidences influence events in the story ensuring Romeo and Juliet meet and full in love.
Paragraph 4 – Prologue
The prologue does not only set the scene it tells the audience exactly what is going to happen during the play. An example of how the prologue tells the audience whats going to happen is “A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life.” Which means fighting against the stars. Stars where thought to control peoples destinies. This is proving the two lovers are intended to end in a tragic accident.
- Exploses fate