Themes, Motifs and Symbols in Romeo and Juliet Flashcards

What are the different perspectives on love in ‘Romeo and Juliet’?

Romeo: Love is a liberating force, like having “light wings.

Juliet: Love is a deep bond of commitment and loyalty.

Mercutio: Love is primarily a physical desire

Lady Capulet: Love is about materialism and possession.

How is the theme of fate portrayed in ‘Romeo and Juliet’?

Romeo and Juliet are described as “star-crossed” lovers, suggesting their lives are controlled by fate.

Events like the family feud, miscommunications, and the timing of their deaths are seen as fate leading them to tragedy.

What role does conflict play in the story of ‘Romeo and Juliet’?

The unending feud between the Montagues and Capulets causes violence and tragedy.

Internal conflicts also affect characters, like Romeo’s struggle with the conflicting nature of love: “O brawling love! O loving hate!”

How does Shakespeare contrast youth and age in the play?

Youth is depicted through the impulsive and passionate actions of Romeo and Juliet, while age is represented by the cautious and reflective advice of Friar Lawrence and the Nurse.

What does light and dark imagery represent in ‘Romeo and Juliet’?

Light and dark imagery illustrate the intense but doomed romance between Romeo and Juliet. Romeo sees Juliet as a source of light in the darkness of their feuding families, calling her “the sun.”

What does poison symbolise in the play?

Poison represents the destructive effects of the hatred between the Montagues and Capulets. It is a tool that leads to the tragic demise of Romeo and Juliet.

What is the significance of Queen Mab in the play?

Queen Mab, introduced by Mercutio, symbolises how dreams and desires can mislead people.

Mercutio believes love is a dream created by Queen Mab, easily corrupted, contrasting with Romeo and Juliet’s view of their love as uplifting and pure.

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