Unit Cumulative Essay: Romeo and Juliet

System Cumulative Essay: Romeo and Juliet

Courtney Maher Ms. Wegman Formality English 9, Duration 2 16 December 2011 Unit Cumulative Essay: Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare utilizes contrasting language to intensify conflict in between and within characters. The contrast of love and hate to dramatize Juliet’s internal conflict. Though Juliet likes Romeo, she is torn by lots of conflicting feelings. This is demonstrated in a tirade of Juliet’s,” O brawling love, O caring hate, O anything of absolutely nothing first create! O heavy lightness, severe vanity, Misshapen chaos of well-seeming kinds, Dad of lead, brilliant smoke, cold fire, ill health, Still-waking sleep that is not what it is!

This love feel I, that feel no love in this. (I. i. 181-187)” Juliet’s lines let the reader understand the confusion she is feeling. She can not decide whether or not her feelings are negative or positive, therefore she expresses that they are neither unfavorable nor positive, but both. Shakespeare uses the juxtaposition of dark and light to highlight Romeo’s internal conflict. The dispute is displayed in a scene where Romeo sights Juliet, “O, she doth teach the torches to burn brilliant! It appears she hangs upon the cheek of night as an abundant gem in an Ethiop’s ear- Beauty too abundant for use, for earth too dear.

So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows as yonder lady o’er her fellow shows. (I. V. 51-56)” Romeo, filled with emotion, utilizes a lot of contrasting language. Romeo utilizes many different metaphors to explain Juliet’s ridiculous beauty; he offers various examples of her standing out over other females by comparing her gleaming, intense beauty, to something dark or dull. Shakespeare uses the antithesis of good and wicked to explain the dispute between Romeo and Juliet. Here Juliet suffers how she wishes Romeo might be a Capulet to they would be able to be together, “Tis but thy name is my opponent thou art thyself though not a Montague.

What’s Montague? Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part belonging to a man. O, be which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet. So Romeo would were he not Romeo called, doff thy name, and thee, take all thyself. (II. ii. 41-52)” In the passage, Juliet wants Romeo to be anything however a Montague, but she likewise describes that because he is a Montague he isn’t a different person. He is still the guy she likes, no matter what his name may be. Functions Cited: Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. Washington DC: Washington Square Press, 1922. Print.