Presence of Figures and Allusions in Romeo and Juliet

Presence of Figures and Allusions in Romeo and Juliet

Grace Adamson 4. 3. 2013 Language and Literature C Ms. Spaziano allusion of Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare has actually been believed for centuries to be the best writer from his time. He is understood for his plays and poems but possibly most famously for his awful romance Romeo and Juliet. Numerous adaptations of this play have actually been created however nothing close to the initial. Through out the play there are numerous figures and allusions that exist in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet such as Echo.

The Greek mythological figure, Echo, is an essential allusion in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet since her story highlights Romeos self-centered nature which becomes part of his tragic flaw. Romeos selfish nature is related to a youth by the name of Narcissus. He was a stunning animal enjoyed by many however Narcissus loved no one. He delighted in attention, appreciation, and envy just like Romeo from Romeo and Juliet. In Narcissus’ eyes no one matched him and he thought about none were worthy of him. Echo was a Greek nymph who survived on the slopes of Mt.

Helicon (in Boeotia). She was extremely talkative and continually chattered away. A goddess called Hera eventually grew exasperated and ordained that Echo could only speak when talked to. Also, the nymph could just duplicate the last syllables of whatever words individuals spoke. Later, Echo fell for the handsome, arrogant youth Narcissus, who rejected her which reveals the greediness and selfish side of Narcissus. (Nardon pg. 88) The allusion of Echo generally shows the relationship between Romeo and Narcissus both being incredibly self-centered.

The allusion talks about when Juliet told Romeo to go house, “To entice this tassel-gentle back again bondage is hoarse, and might not speak aloud, Else would I tear the cavern where Echo lies, And make her airy tongue more hoarse than mine, With repetition of “My Romeo! “(Act 2, Scene 2, lines 162-166). In this part of when Romeo separated Juliet, she makes a recommendation to Echo a legendary animal, which was mocked by Narcissus and she was so unfortunate that she duplicated his name and individuals believe you can still hear the “echo” of her calling his name in aves. Both Romeo and Narcissus act prior to they believe that makes them impulsive and selfish for choosing them selfs over others. In conclusion, Romeos never ever ending thoughts about he and Juliet winding up together compare to Echo’s non stop babble. Her desire to talk and talk about anything parallels Romeo’s consistent desire to figure out he and Juliet’s relationship. In the end, their persistence, one with love and the other with discussion, ended any possibility they needed to be with somebody.

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