Romeo and Juliet

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  • Romeo and Juliet
    • Context:
      • Patriarchy society- men out way women in terms of influence: Juliet is property of LordCapulet.-  male posturing.
        • Shakespeare shows anti catholic religion in his views, as he wants the audience to see that its Friar Lawrence's fault for the suicide as he married them off secretly.
          • Morality play- Shakespeare wants to show that when children disobey/rebel  their parents it leads to death.
    • Themes:
      • Power of love- Love makes both Romeo and Juliet disobey their families, and even leads to death. But their love is true, young and passionate.
        • Petrarch- Romeo is shown at the beginning as a typical Petrarchan hero as he loves Rosaline from a far. But when he meets Juliet he releases it wasn't true love, " Did I love till now?"
    • Symbolism
      • Romeo and Juliet is filled with light and dark imagery throughout the play. Light-good and morning. Dark-evil and night. However darkness in the play hides the lovers and allows them to meet without getting caught.
      • Juliet: "Give me my Romeo; and, when I shall die,Take him and cut him out in little stars"
      • Romeo:“But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.”


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