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The Theme of Heartbreak in Romeo and Juliet

            "There are plenty ways to die, but only love can kill and keep you alive to feel it." This quote portrays the theme of heartbreak and throughout Romeo and Juliet, heartbreak is well-illustrated. The story of Romeo and Juliet has tons of heartbreak moments. Without the theme of heartbreak the play would have been like a fairytale with a happy ending. Heartbreak is showed drastically through the story with the ups and downs Romeo and Juliet face through their journey of love.Throughout the story, William Shakespeare presents the theme of heartbreak in through dramatic irony and dialogue. .
             According to dictionary.com dramatic irony is inherent in speeches or a situation of a drama and is understood by the audience, but not grasped by the characters in the play. Throughout the story of Romeo and Juliet dramatic irony is used many times. For instance, in the story, Romeo marries Juliet with no one knowing about their marriage except for the nurse and the priest. During this time, this is when Romeo kills Tybalt after Tybalt killed Romeo's best friend Mercutio. When Juliet was told Tybalt died, all of the Capulets thought she was really crying over Tybalt's death when she was really crying over Romeo leaving the city of Verona. Lady Capulet states, "Everyone weeping for your cousin's death?/What, wilt thou wash him from his grave with tears?"(III.V.71-72). Another example of dramatic irony is when Juliet takes a potion that makes her appear dead to show everyone that she couldn't live without her Romeo. After she was back from faking her death, Romeo drank a poison to kill him so he could be with Juliet the rest of his life, but when he drank the poison he didn't know that Juliet was really alive. Romeo states, "Here's to my love O true love apothecary/Thy drugs are quick.Thus with a kiss I die" (V.III.119-120). .
             In the story, dialogue is one of the most common literary devices used, which is a conversation between characters in a play.

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