“…never was a story of more woe/Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” Prince Escalus Act 5 scene 3 lines 20-21.

A beautiful, yet very tragic story of two young lovers who bravely bridge the gap between them on the account of a family feud. Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, love each other  desperately and passionately; they even vow to be united to each other forever. Unfortunately, they never have the opportunity to live in unity with each other. Despite their will to elope, their promises to each other will never be completely fulfilled. Due to a very fatal misunderstanding, the two take their own lives for the thought of living without one another is painfully unbearable. This play is to be treasured for a lifetime. Shakespeare has captures the feelings of love and romance better than any contemporary female author. Rather than delving into the physical attraction that accompanies a Debbie Macomber novel (that is not to say that I don’t enjoy reading Debbie Macomber, because, I truly do), he explores the essence of true romance. Words that are inexpressible to the average male are the words Shakespeare breathes into Romeo’s own mouth when he professes his love to his beloved Juliet. Unlike many male authors Shakespeare’s romantic details are very ornate. As a playwright of literature, he put a great deal of thought and effort into his writing. An attribute to his great success as a phenomenal playwright. His success has paid off because he has achieved much acknowledgement from scholars, professors, teachers, and students for achieving literary merit. Furthermore, character development, plot, and and the use of other literary elements are all unified to create a quality masterpiece.

Although I don’t necessarily have any favorite literary techniques, I was most drawn to the way character, tragedy, and motif were employed in the play. Character revealed the passionate and determined natures of the protagonists, in addition to their emotionally inseparable love for each other. Tragedy illustrated the anguish that had been brought about by suffering. Name and family feud were the two most striking motifs I found in the play.

On a more personal level, I found Romeo and Juliet to be a powerful and enriching story. I am very enamored with the beauty of the romance.

 

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