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Romeo and Juliet Case

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Sometimes having affection for others and greed can turn a man's head into a battleground. For example in Macbeth, Macbeth is supposed to be king but is terrified that someone will take his place or even murder him to become king. The outcome of this is that Macbeth himself goes on a raid, killing everyone he supposes could take his place at becoming king. In the same way in Romeo and Juliet, Romeo a Montague feels affections for Juliet who is a Capulet, and she the same. These two families are great enemies and hate each other, the two lovebirds decide to get married and let no one know. Later Romeo is banished from Verona and Juliet is told to marry the county Paris and refuses to do so and takes a potion that keeps her asleep for forty-two hours. The next day she is found dead and Romeo receives news of this and commits suicide at her grave and Juliet sees him dead and also kills herself, but in both plays theses losses usually end with comic relief after each loss. Birds on the other hand are viewed in different perspectives, one with beauty and the other dealing with a killing. Shakespeare shows birds in Romeo and Juliet as a symbol of beauty and death in Macbeth; however, comic relief is shown as humor after a loss.

When looking at birds in Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare mentions animals as beauty and hopes to express affection and imager. A bird is a warm blooded vertebrate with feathers and wings. Shakespeare mentions birds many times to express Juliet's fine beauty. Romeo meets Juliet at a Capulet mask party; he was invited by a servant and goes to see Rosaline his first darling. Later he bumps into Juliet and doesn't know who she is and asks someone who she is. Juliet also interested in Romeo so she and Romeo talk and introduce each other and they kiss and she is called away and Romeo asks the nurse who she is and is heartbroken to the response. Later Romeo goes to see her and jumps the Orchard fence and hides in a bush and says one of his most famous soliloquy, "As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven would through the airy region stream so bright. That birds would sing and think it were not night" (R&J 2.2.20-22). This quote is expressing the beauty of Juliet and is Romeo saying this to get his ladies attention. Instead of throwing rock like other love stories he says this amazing soliloquy to see Juliet's beauty. The quote means that her eyes are so beautiful and bright that the birds that sing at night would think its day and not sing, signaling its day and not sing. That she would make night look as if it were day because in Romeo's eyes she is so beautiful. Although birds are symbols of beauty in Romeo and Juliet in Macbeth this is not viewed similarly.

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