Romeo and Juliet: Romeo's Feelings

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In this essay I will explain how Romeo shows the strength of his feelings by reading between Romeo’s lines, looking at the techniques that Shakespeare uses and by understanding the text. Extract one, act one, scene one, it is shown that Romeo does not like the feud that is going on and on between the Montagues and the Capulets and he thinks it is stupid. This impression is given to us when Romeo says: “Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all”. This quote makes us feel like he has better things to worry about than a stupid feud and it also shows he is not keen to talk about the feud either. He does not want to hear any more about the fight and he seems a little angry. When he says: “Here’s much to do with hate, but more to do with love” it shows that he thinks that the people feuding are stupid because they nearly love each other. He is saying that love and hate are very similar to each other and therefore the feud is useless. We know Romeo is feeling sad when he speaks of himself in the third person, “Tut, I have lost myself. I am not here. This is not Romeo: he’s some other where”, it shows how depressed Romeo is because his love was rejected by Rosaline. That tells us that Romeo is serious about his feelings and love. The use of oxymoron in Romeo’s speech makes him seem confused but wise, for example, “love is heavy and light” or “hot and cold”. “Love is heavy and light, bright and dark, hot and cold, sick and healthy, asleep and awake—it’s everything except what it is!” it shows how confused about love he is but it also shows how Romeo understands all the qualities of love. Because he understands all about love, we get a feeling that he is really serious about Rosaline and life. But even though he understands love, he thinks it does not last long. The use of metaphors in some of his speech makes the text interesting and helps Romeo express his…...

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