Romeos Language Transformation What comes to mind when one thinks of love? The story of Romeo and Juliet is usually one of the first things, but most people think that this tragedy has a happy ending. No, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet ends by the two star crossed lovers killing themselves out of love. The tragedy was written by William Shakespeare, who was well known for his use of figurative language in his many, many great works of literature. These types of language depict certain characteristics about characters in the play that normal language would not be able to accomplish.
One of these characters is Mercuric, who talks in long, drawn out satire that is riddled with puns and metaphors, which create in one’s mind the image of one of the greatest characters of all time. Another one of these characters is Romeo himself, whose language shows him transforming throughout the play. His language, though, is of love. There are two types of love that Romeo experiences first hand: selfish, courtly love, and selfless, true love. In The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Romeos language changes to reflect his development in the play from a selfish, courtly lover to a selfless, true lover of Juliet.
In the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Romeos language in the beginning of the play shows how he is a selfish courtly lover. In the beginning of the play, Romeos shows how he is a courtly lover by his lack of friendship. His father remarks on this. He says that Romeo is “His own affections’ counselor/ Is to himself- will not say how true/ But to himself so secret and so close” (Shakespeare The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet l. I. 140-143). Romeo does not want anyone around him because he thinks that they don’t feel like he does. He assumes that they will not be able to help him, and therefore he keeps to himself.
Romeos father, along with Benevolent and his mother, understand that Romeo is sad, but have no idea what about. His lack of language is the reason for his trouble. If he would talk it out with someone, which he does later on, he would feel much better, but instead he keeps to himself and wallows in his sorrow. This lack of friendship is one of the main qualities a courtly lover exhibits. In the beginning of the play, Romeo shows how he is a courtly lover by his attempt to isolate himself from everyone. His father tells of his son’s troubles again.
He says that “And private in his chamber pens himself, ‘Shuts p his windows, locks far daylight out ‘And makes himself an artificial night” (l . I. 1 31-133). By locking himself in his room, he shows that not only does he not want to be with people, but that he does not want to communicate with anything in the world. His isolation is caused by his state; he does not think anyone can relate to what he is feeling, so he locks himself in his room to hide from the world. The irony is his unwillingness to speak about his depression causes other to not know how to help him.
So, by isolating himself and not speaking, he is not helping his depression, but going deeper into it. In the beginning of the play, Romeo shows how he is a courtly lover by his expression of his courtly lover state of depression. While talking with Benevolent, Romeo says ‘ ‘Why, then, O brawling love! O loving hate! 10 anything, of nothing first create! /O heavy lightness! Serious vanity! /Mis-shapes chaos of well-seeming forms! ‘Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health! / Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is! ‘This love feel l, that feel no love in this” (l. . 1 69-175). One who would read this would think Romeo has gone insane! And he has, insane with the depression caused by courtly love. His use of oxymora and paradox would be considered unhealthy in today’s terms. The reason for his depression is his feeling of courtly love, which makes him feel so different than everyone. This courtly love causes him to talk in nonsensical terms because any sense that was once with him left with his love. This felling of loss also causes a wanting for someone to fill the hole that person left, and makes it easy for someone to do just that.
In The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Romeos language in the middle of the play shows how he is transforming from a selfish, courtly lover to a selfless, true lover of Juliet. In the middle of the play, Romeos language shows how he is transforming into a true lover in his expression of “love at first sight”. Romeo first sees Juliet at the Caplet’s party, and he says “Oh, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! ” (I. V. 42). Romeo has seen Juliet, and he finally is happy again. Some would say that he is being courtly here, using figurative language, and they would be right.
Romeo is, however, truly in love with Juliet, but he does not know how to expresses it. He is still a courtly lover, but he truly loves Juliet. This love that has filled the hole where his former love was is owe gone, and replacing it is his love for Juliet. In the middle of the play, Romeos language shows how he is transforming into a true lover, and is shown by using speech that resembles courtly love, even when he truly loves Juliet. Romeo sees Juliet at her balcony, and listens to her talk about him. Then, at the right moment, he jumps out from behind the bushes and proclaims his love to Juliet.
He says “Lady, by yonder blessed moon I swear/ That tips with silver all these fruit-tree replies “O, swear not by the moon, ‘the inconstant moon, [That monthly changes in her circled orb, /Lest hat thy love prove likewise variable” He then asks ‘ ‘What shall swear by? ” She answers “Do not swear at all; ‘Or, if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self, / Which is the god of my idolatry, /And I’ll believe thee” (el. Ii. 107-1 15). Romeo is not the only one who does this. Many people have trouble communicating with the ones they love. All these people take on their normal personalities and try to impress that person with something.
In Romeos case, the personality of the courtly lover kicks in, and he tries to impress Juliet with his words. He takes the moon thing right out of the book, and she calls him on it. Juliet loves Romeo as well, but she has no trouble expressing it. She does not want him to swear because she thinks that there love means more than the moon. Romeo shows that he still had no idea what real love felt like until now, and still cannot express it. In the middle of the play, Romeo shows how he is transforming into a true lover by rushing things along. Romeo really wants to marry Juliet, so he tells the Friar that he hopes that things will go quickly.
The Friar tells him “These violent delights have violent ends/ And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, /Which as they kiss, consume” (el. I. 9-1 1). Romeo wants to get married and live life with Juliet as fast as possible, but Friar Lawrence points out that this is dangerous. He says that if he rushes everything so fast, his life might run out in the process. While this is foreshadowing to the nth degree, it also has another meaning. Since Romeo is almost out of his courtly lover state of mind, and into a selfless, true lover state of mind, the Friar recognizes that rushing things could end badly.
He knows that people do drastic things for love, and does not want Romeo and Juliet to fall to that trap. In the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Romeos language by the end of the play shows how he is a selfless, true lover of Juliet. Romeo shows that by the end of the play he is a selfless and true lover by showing expressions of joy. Blather is coming to give the bad news of Gullet’s “death”, but before he meets Romeo, Romeo says “Ah me! How sweet is love itself possessed, ‘When but love’s shadows are So rich in joy’ (V. I. 1 0-11). Romeo has been banished from his home, forced to live away from his wife, and is happy?
In his state of selfish, courtly love, he would never be happy outside Verona, and would eve been even more depressed than he was before. But his love for Juliet changed all that. This true, selfless love makes Romeo feel this joy, and it gives him the will to leave her. Romeo shows that by the end of the play he is a selfless and true lover in his love for even his worst enemies. Romeo is at Juliet tomb preparing to kill himself, when Paris jumped out and wanted to take him to be killed for being in Verona. They fight, and Paris is slain, and as he dies he says “O, I am slain!
If thou be merciful, ‘Open the tomb, lay me with Juliet” Romeo replies “In faith I will” (V. Ii. 72-75). Romeo, in his courtly love State of mind, would have never laid the body of the person who was going to marry his love, let alone his wife. He would have chopped him up into little pieces and fed them to the dogs. That aside, look at what he did in his selfless, true love state. Not only does he love Juliet, but his love spreads to others as well. No one is there to tell Romeo to put Parish’s body in there, but he did it any. Essays. That shows the kind of transformation one goes through in love.
Romeo shows that by the end of the play he is a selfless and true love in is expression of love for Juliet. In his final words, Romeo professed his love for Juliet. He says that death has not conquered Juliet, for she is still just as beautiful as before. He says that death had stolen his wife, and he needed to get back with her in death. He then killed himself (this is from V. Iii. 88-1 20). Romeo has finally learned how to express his love; too bad he had to die to find out though. He has learned that love is not a matter of the head, and what you think is right, but is a matter Of the heart, and what you feel to be right.