Romeo and Juliet – Response to Literature
Romeo and Juliet has many traits that make it arguably one of the greatest plays of all time, but today I would like to talk about one thing, and that is foreshadowing.
The play I would like to address is “Romeo and Juliet” written by William Shakespeare. This book consists of both tragedy and romance, which makes way for foreshadowing. The book begins with a feud between two families; the Montague’s, and the Capulet’s. Romeo meets one of his cousins and they start talking and Romeo says that he is in love with a woman named “Rosaline” who does not love him back. His cousin tells him to forget this, but he does not listen. Later, Romeo’s Cousin tells him to ...view middle of the document...
” Gall is “something bitter or severe” but it can also mean poison, which Romeo killed himself with when he thought Juliet was dead.
Another Example of this is when Romeo is fighting Tybalt and kills him. After this has happened Romeo exclaims “O, I am fortune’s fool!” Personally, I think that Shakespeare is trying to imply that Romeo is not in control of his life anymore, and that it will turn out badly, which it does.
Romeo and Juliet has very many examples of Foreshadowing and it was brought to my attention that most of the foreshadowing happens in either the beginning or the ending of most books, plays etc.. One of the hardest examples of foreshadowing though is located in the end of the book where the nurse and Lady Capulet are talking about the wedding that is going to be withheld for Juliet and Paris. When Lady Capulet says “Hold, take these keys and fetch more spices, nurse.” We imagine that she is speaking to the nurse in the same room where the feast was held where Romeo and Juliet meet, but on stage this scene is played in Juliet’s room where she was found dead the proceeding night. They also mention spices which can also be used in funerals, which is a very good lead for foreshadowing.
All together William Shakespeare did a very good job writing this play and everything about it is amazing! My opinion on the foreshadowing that Shakespeare gave was excellent. Trying to look for these moments of foreshadowing can be very exciting and finding one even more so. This is definitely a book that I would recommend.