In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare uses the theme “love is fickle” through out the play. In the first act, Romeo is madly in love with a girl named Rosaline. He is blinded by everything around him because he loves her so much. He then finds he doesn’t love her anymore when he meets Juliet. When he falls in love with Juliet, he doesn’t miss out on anything because he isn’t “blinded by loving her. Today, people are easily “blinded” by a person they think they love. For a personal example, for two years I dated this boy, he was my first real boyfriend and I loved him more then anything then one day, he told me he stopped caring about me and that he hasn’t really cared for a while. I loved him so much, I was ”blinded” loving him so much, I didn’t pay attention to anything else.
Fortune and fate is used through out the play Romeo and Juliet. In act 2, scene 1, line 32, Romeo had just killed Tybalt (Juilet’s cousin), after Tybalt died, Romeo said ” O, I am fortunes fool.” This shows that Romeo was scared that he had just destroyed his future with Juliet since Tybalt is Juliet cousin. In act 3, scene 5, lines 60-64 ” O fortune, fortune! All men call thee fickle: if thou art fickle, what dost thou with him that is re-owned for faith? be fickle , fortune: for them I hope thou wilt not keep him long, but send him back.” Juliet is saying goodbye to Romeo because he stayed the night with her. He got banished after killing her cousin. Juliet is saying that because of Romeo’s and her’s recent bad fortune.
Death is a very big image in Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare uses death to develope the character of Romeo. In act 2, scene 4, lines 13-14, Mercutio and Benvolio are talking about how Romeo is dead because he loves Rosaline. “Alas poor Romeo, he is already dead, stabbed with a white wrench’s black eye, run through the ear with a love-song.” This image help developes Romeo’s character because it shows that Romeo really loved Rosaline, or he thought he did. This also developes Mercutio’s character because it tells that he is not afraid to speak his mind about people and things he does not like, for example, how Romeo loves Rosaline.
Planting is used as a image in Romeo and Juliet to also develope characters. In act 4, scene 5, lines 28-29, when Juliet’s nurse, mother and father find her “dead”, lord Capulet describes Juliet as ” the sweetest flower of all the field”. “Death lies on her like the untimely frost upon the sweetest flower of all the field.” The image of planting helps develope the characters of lord Capulet and Juliet. It developes Lord Capulet’s character because it shows that he is actually a loving and caring father. The day before Juliet disobeyed him when he told her she is marrying Paris and they got into a fight. When he sees she has “died” he is very upset. By lord Capulet saying she is the “sweetest flower of all the feild”, he is saying she was the sweetest person (flower) of all the world (field).
Light is also a big image in Romeo and Juliet . In act 2, scene 2, lines 1-5, Romeo says ” He jests scars that never felt wound. But soft, what light through yonder window breaks ? It is the east,and Juliet is the sun. Arise, fair sun and kill the envious moon, who is already sick and pale with grief.” This quote is metaphoric. Romeo is saying Juliet is the sun. When she appears on her balcony, she is the “sun” at dawn and she is making the moon envious of her because she is overpowering the moons refection.
In the play Romeo And Juliet, Cupid is used as a symbol a lot. In act 2, scene 4, lines 15-16 it states, ” love song, the very pin of his heart cleft with the blind butt-boy’s butt shaft.” This quote says that love is blind. When Romeo was inlove with Rosaline, he was blind to everyone and everything that was happening around him because he “thought” (was blind to) he loved Rosaline. When he met Juliet, he was no longer blinded by loving Rosaline. This symbol helps develope Romeo’s character because it shows he is easy to be “blinded” by love.
The symbol of the balcony symbolises the seperation of Romeo and Juliet. In act 2, scene 3, line 186-189, Romeo says to Juliet, ” sleep dwell upon thine eyes, peace in thy breast! Would I where I sleep and peace, so sweet to rest! Hence will I to my ghostly sire’s close cell, his help to crave, and dear hap to tell.” Romeo says this before separating from Juiet, leaving her on her balcony. When Romeo says “and my dear hap to tell”, he is talking about having good fortune which relates to the theme fortune and fate.
The symbol of poison symbolises life, death, love and trust. In act 4, scene 3, lines 24-27, juliet is talking about the poison the friar gave her. ” What if the pioson which the Friar subtly hath minister’d to have me dead, lest in this marraige he should be dishonour’d, beacuse he married me before Romeo?” This shows how poison symbolises life, death, love and trust because Juliet has to trust that the friar gave her poison that wont make her die. She takes the poison because she loves Romeo. She would rather die knowing she didnt get married to Paris then staying alive and not being able to be with Romeo. This improves juliet’s Character traits because she is trusting and willing to do anything for Romeo. she is really loyal and faithful.