When words get assembled in the shape of iambs, iambs combine to form dialogues, and dialogues join to deliver poetic drama: The Shakespearean play comes into existence.
William Shakespeare’s plays are not just pieces of literature to skim through and comment on, but also a daunting yet eye-opening depiction of the world around us that we perpetually fail to fathom. He made the usages of symbolism, imagery, allusion, and various other literary gadgets that add to the effectiveness of the themes he incorporates in his plays. His plays were, and are still, the reflection of the star of his intellect. The choice of diction, intricate storylines, and influential portrayal of characters are just a few of the many salient writing techniques that the maestro assorted in his works. Shakespeare wrote hundreds of poetry and dramas throughout his career: but few of his literary works stand out such that they are studied, analyzed, appreciated, and leave the reader marvelling upon his expertise even today.
Shakespeare’s plays display plenty of romantic elements, but when it comes to the best romantic legends of all times, Romeo and Juliet will always be topping the list. Romeo and Juliet: apart from being the most heartbreakingly tragic love story give us some hidden moral messages. A new definition to love.
It tells us that love is overwhelming, has the power to destruct and has the strength to overtake hate as the couple’s suicide brings their families in unison after a period of resentment. We also come across the idea of parents’ interests versus children’s choice, and even after four centuries, it is still relevant and relatable for most of our youths today. Aren’t the deaths of Romeo and Juliet plainly due to miscommunication? Furtherly. Of course, they are. Lawrence fails to deliver the letter explaining Juliet’s setup of faking her death that results in Romeo committing suicide, and consequently, Juliet kills herself, too.
One must become able to calculate the aftermath of their actions before implementing them rather than being hasty and frenzied. Romeo tells Lawrence about his love for Juliet and says, “O, let us hence. I stand on sudden haste.” To which Friar Laurence answers, “Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast.” It is high time that we learn this, once and for all.
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