Romeo and Juliet ; Techniques Used to Show Change

Romeo and Juliet; Techniques Utilized to Show Change

Romeo and Juliet Evaluate a technique utilized to reveal changes in a character, and why these modifications were important to the text as a whole. Similar to little, Shakespeare’s work has actually stood the test of time, and not due to luck. It is the technical elements used to plot and character that drives the distinct kind of narrative which holds the interest of the audience. An intriguing aspect of Shakespeare’s work is the depth offered to characters, and the substantial changes that are made to these characters under specific circumstances.

Shakespeare had the ability to utilize techniques to highlight these changes, and therefore make them more effective and obvious to the audience, whilst letting the continuously drive the plot forward. This is especially relevant to the changes the character Romeo goes through in Romeo and Juliet. In contemporary movies, mood and environment is created through numerous methods, one that is more primary is lighting. Now rather of using lighting in its physical type, Shakespeare used written strategies to produce light and dark images to highlight change in characters.

It is necessary to take a look at the significance of this strategy, and the significance related to it. Light and darkness generally have very conclusive meanings in human psychology. Traditionally, light is thought about “excellent” since it enables us to view the world around us and to work within it. On the other hand, dark is generally considered as “evil” due to our failure to see and the fear that such a state brings. Therefore day and night, which are identified by the amount of light available, have comparable connotations.

At the start of the play Romeo is producing himself a synthetic night, in which to hide from the world, and drown in his grief “Numerous an early morning hath he there been seen/ With tears augmenting the fresh early morning’s dew,/ Adding to clouds and more clouds with his deep sighs;/ But all so quickly as the all- cheering sun/ Should in the farthest east began to draw/ The shady drapes from Aurora’s bed,/ Far from light steals home my heavy child/ And personal in his chamber pens himself,/ Shuts up his windows, locks reasonable daylight out,/ And makes himself an artificial ight” The technique is used to communicate the kid like way in which Romeo chooses to handle his unhappiness, that he is shutting love (light) out of his life, and home on a romance that never was. Using “synthetic night” can likewise be connected to his emotions; they are synthetic, not genuine. He remains in a mindset of wishing to be love sick, ergo he believes he is. This remains in contrast to the light imagery seen when he satisfies Juliet. The very first circumstances of Romeo changing are at the Montague celebration, where he has the ability to experience real love for the first time.

There is already the ability to link events in the texts and see small contrasts in the character in this scene alone. For example when he arrives he remains in a dark “heavy” state of mind, and will not brighten by dancing, so he will only carry the light as the “torch bearer”, sitting and viewing “Give me a torch: I am not for this ambling;/ Being but heavy, I will bear the light”. But then later at night when Romeo stumbles upon Juliet the first stages of modification and to the maturing of the character emerges.

As said before, the symbolic light he is carrying (as the torch bearer) is not intense sufficient to illuminate his dark mood, until he meets Juliet “O, she doth teach the torches to burn brilliant! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night Like a rich gem in an Ethiope’s ear; Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear! So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows, As yonder lady o’er her fellows shows. The step done, I’ll watch her place of stand, And, touching hers, make blessed my disrespectful hand. Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight!

For I ne’er saw real appeal till this night” Now in order for one to truly comprehend the evolution of Romeos character throughout the story, direct contrasts must be drawn in between the beginning and the end in order to achieve a viable contrast. We are able to see the use of light as apposed to dark images at Romeo’s awful ending. When Romeo falls out with Rosaline, darkness is utilized to represent his emotions, and the character sensations towards the relationship. But Juliet causes Romeo to grow, to end up being total.

She enables him to become his own individual, and not be swayed by the viewpoints of others. It is a modification that only true, requited love can bring, and after his death this is made obvious to his mourning family. They realize he is a changed man and hence consider the relation ship with respect. Utilizing light imagery to explain in contrast to the kid, which is a recommendation to an earlier occasion in the play in which Romeo describes Juliet as brighter than the sun. “A glooming peace this morning with it brings;

The sun, for sorrow, will disappoint his head Go for this reason, to have more talk of these sad things; Some will be pardon ‘d, and some punished: For never ever was a story of more trouble Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” The play ends on a light instead of a dark image, in order to reveal the modification both the characters and the setting has taken. The change of character of Romeo is crucial from a plot sense, and a cathartic viewpoint. There would be no story if these changes did not happen to Romeo, there would be no motivation for plot.

It is the changes in Romeo that produce the dispute, and in the end, the resolution. It was vital to ending the conflict between the Montague’s and the Capulets. Shakespeare’s usage of the technique of light and dark imagery to show the modifications to the character Romeo is fundamental to the text as a whole. From, liking to combating, life to death, conflict to resolution, none might be so reliable without Shakespeare’s mastery of this strategy. By Damien Rabaud