Romeo and Juliet talk about their relationship using night and day references. Why do they seem to prefer darkness over light?
The darkness can be one of two things depending on your philosophy of life- thrilling or terrifying. Many melodies, objects, and even people in the world represent darkness. The melody of the nightingale is what announces to young romantic minds that the nighttime has come, while the lark exclaims that the sun will rise again. The nightingale sings about pity, but pity only comes from love. The nightingale’s song represents an emblem of love, and melancholy is the bird’s dominant note. He sings for lost love, a feeling of pensive sadness. Romeo and Juliet listen to the sweet sound of the nightingale, for when the lark appears, it is time for Romeo to depart. They long for the risk that the darkness brings, and the desolation the nightingale sings towards. Evident in Act 3, Scene 5, lines 35-36– the darkness is where Romeo and Juliet’s love blossoms. Their love story is ever changing and unpredictable. They long for the moon, and for the nightingales sweet song to tell them that nighttime is about to arrive. The predictable rise of the sun frightens their love. The selection of Paris or Romeo is a choice Juliet must make. I think however, is there ever really a choice- is love a choice? The choice that would please her family and friends is Paris. If you came across two paths in a forest, Paris would be the path lightened most by the sun. However, Romeo is the only choice she considers. He is the risky choice. He killed her cousin, and is from the rival house. Romeo is the bad boy, the villain. Why does everyone want most what they cannot easily have? This relates to those in Romanticism who enjoyed spending time in the dark, because it is harder and more difficult to do things in the darkness. It is easier to trip and fall in the path with no light, however it is much more rewarding when you make it through- if you make it through.
Why do we fear death…?
Fear is the unpleasant feeling which is caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. So, why is it that we fear death when the church exclaims that heaven is perfect- free of pain and threat? Why do we disregard the teachings of heaven being pure and holy and turn death- the event that leads you to heaven- into something that seems to be most feared? Perhaps we are not afraid of death, but rather of being alone. Perhaps we are afraid of the unknown. Established in Act 1, and touched on again in Act 3 is the idea that Juliet’s parents are less to give her solitude, while Romeos parents let him be alone. This shows that the Capulets are less to accept the idea that death is inevitable, that it is possible and uncontrollable. Perhaps, they try to control or place restrictions on Juliet’s life because they are unable to accept that death is our ineluctable fate. The Montages on the other hand, seem to be more accepting to the idea of death and the reality of loneliness. They allow Romeo to wonder forests in the middle of the night- through the unknowingness of darkness. To hold the fear of death would be as to say that you fear accomplishment. As a creation of God we were made to be easy and messy. Created with such passion and pureness it is indisputable that we spend our lives in preparation for death. We wake up every morning and look in the mirror, the image we see comforts us. After school we jump in the puddles, never alone, always with our friends. Walking down the hallway we are accompanied by our friends, and when we are ‘alone’, enlightened by the memories that trail through our minds. Even when we think we are alone, we are not. The thought behind death is that you will abandon the people you care about the most, you will leave not only their being behind, but too, the memories you share. When death comes you will have no one to comfort you, no one to hold your hand whisper “its going to be okay”. You can no longer miss someone or something and attempt to reconnect. You are separate, voiceless, paralyzed.
What happens when we are left alone?
What will you do when there is no on to stop or correct you? Encompassed in line 171-172 of Act 3 Scene 5, is the idea that being dismissed is worse than being yelled at. We as humans can grow acceptance to the words people say to us. Line 157 in Act 3 Scene 5 shows Capulet calling Juliet a “green-sickness carrion”and “baggage”. However, we seem to struggle when we are abandoned. When we are forced to talk to and discover ourselves it seems as though we are frightened. Juliet is convinced by Nurse that it is best she be “married with the county”, here nurse has betrayed Juliet. Is this betrayal perhaps to get Juliet to be more independent- to get Juliet to think for herself? The things that often hurt the most are the things that come from the people we care about the most, in Juliet’s case, this is Nurse. It hurts Juliet that she has been betrayed by her closest friend. Juliet is forced to make up her mind- in her time alone. Will Juliet take nurses advice to marry Paris or be lead by her own thinkings towards the enlightened trail of the forest- Romeo?