City, petrol/car fumes, steep, dark, excitement!
Big, dark, spotlights, shoes, gold
Expensive, fancy, gold, sparkly, new.
Gold, sparkly, stilettos
Sitting on a fancy as shoe box, still
The smell of petrol burns your nose, the street is a steep decline with the sounds of cars rushing past. Shivering you pull your coat tighter around you, you have mad regrets, all you wanted was some cookies. Lampposts and passing cars are the sources of light. As you walk along the footpath many displays catch your eyes, from the distance you can see something catching the light. Dismissing it you keep walking focusing on the ground, the footpath is an uneven tiled pattern as it levels off. As you walk closer the glimmering light changes, now it’s a bright, in your face spotlight and it’s calling to you. Nearing the window the light changes again channelling down until it turns into a intense, mouth-watering, coruscating gold stiletto, with six inch heels, putting Jimmy Choo to shame. Overcome with want you stare for a few more seconds before you really take in your surroundings. Staring you take in the impressive gold fountain, glass stand and twinkling lights. You forget the chill, the cookies and everything else running through your mind, you need those shoes! You run towards the tiny white writing next to closed revolving doors, 8 more hours and then those shoes will be yours! Turning around walking back the way you came, the heels still in your mind, counting down the seconds until they are yours.
Beyond the quaint seaside town, swirling blue waves crashed and mysterious creatures lurked. Between the rocky cliffs children played in the calm surf, enjoying their loving, carefree life. Through the streets the smell of seafood wafted, coming from the tightly crammed colourful buildings that one might find in a children’s movie. Beneath the mountain, of which it perched many who ventured would not return, no one knows why and most don’t want to. Upon the the mountain thick forests grew, a winding road the only exit. Out at sea, gulls cried and boats explored, floating like stars in the night sky. On the rocky shore the waves caressed the earth their romance still a mystery to us all.
Fate is a like an ocean, you never really know where you are going, most of the time you end up getting to your end destination safely but on the odd occasion you hit an iceberg and drown, unfortunately for Romeo and Juliet. Fate plays a huge role in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Without the presence of fate the play would have a different outcome. One of the many reasons why this play is such a well-known classical read is because of the way that Shakespeare has intertwined fate and Romeo and Juliet’s predetermined destiny throughout the whole play without making it blatantly obvious. Shakespeare has given Romeo and Juliet have a very unfortunate fate that can be predicted throughout the story using different literary techniques . Three interesting ways that Shakespeare portrays fate are prophecies, stars, fortune and acts of God. Shakespeare uses literary techniques such as foreshadowing and dialogue to show this.
One of the many examples of fate is Romeo and Juliet are the Prophecies. Prophecies often come up in this play and are used to show what may happen in the future. Characters usually communicate prophecies without knowing it. Shakespeare’s prophecies are using a literature technique called foreshadowing. Foreshadowing is used to give hints to the reader about what may happen later is the play. An example of a prophecy in Romeo and Juliet is when they are getting married and Friar Lawrence says ‘These violent delights have violent ends, and in their triumph die like fire and powder which as they kiss consume’. In this quote Shakespeare uses the terms ‘violent delights’ and ‘violent ends’ this is referring to Romeo and Juliet’s love and their death and in general prophesying that they are going to die (spoiler alert). Their ‘triumph’ is their death, which dies like ‘fire and powder’, powder is referring to gunpowder which when mixed with fire creates an explosion. This quote tells us that when they die, it will be huge and explosive and have an effect on many others especially their families. These prophecies show that all the way through the play Romeo and Juliet have limited control over what is going to happen. Another example of a prophecy is when Tybalt and Mercutio are fighting, Tybalt stabs Mercutio and he says ‘A plague o’both your houses! I am sped’ This is prophesying the loss that each house is going to experience when Romeo and Juliet die.
Throughout the play there are many references to the stars and to fortune these are mostly through the use of dialogue. Back in Romeo and Juliet’s era the stars were often used to predict the future and had a lot of meaning. The stars were often read or deciphered to read one’s destiny or to offer guidance through a hard time. Shakespeare uses dialogue to show this. Dialogue is when a characters talk about a topic or express feelings or thoughts through verbal means of communication. Romeo often talks about the stars or to the stars. One of his quotes is ‘I defy you, stars’,shouted at the night sky. In this quote the stars represent Romeo’s fate. This means that he is defying his destiny and going his own way instead of following the stars. He is trying to reject his destiny. Another quote that shows this is ‘O, I am fortunes fool’. Romeo is recognising that he has no control and that fortune is controlling him like a puppet.
In Romeo and Juliet’s time, everyone believed in God and God was a big part of life, whenever something hugely coincidental happened it was considered an act of God. ‘God’ also plays a role in Romeo and Juliet’s tragedy.An example of this is when Friar Lawrence sent the letter to Romeo about Juliet taking the potion to look like she was dead. Unfortunately the mailman got affected by the plague and was quarantined meaning that the letter was never delivered which leads to Romeo killing himself, after Friar Lawrence finds out about the letter not getting delivered he says ‘Unhappy fortune! By my brotherhood the letter was not nice but full of charge’. Meaning what unfortunate fate but that the letter carried bad news. The plague was considered an act of God and that the letter not being delivered meant that God didn’t want the letter to be delivered. Back in this time many would believe that since God didn’t allow the letter to get to Romeo that he wanted Romeo and Juliet to die. Another example of an act of God is when the servant came across Benvolio and Romeo first when he couldn’t read the invites to the ball and he says ‘I pray, sir, can you read?’. This ‘act of God’ led to Romeo attending the ball and meeting Juliet. These ‘acts of God’ are vital to the storyline because without them the outcome may be completely different.
In conclusion, you can tell from the points above that Romeo and Juliet had little to no control over what was going to happen to them and that due to their unfortunate predetermined fate. Three points that demonstrate this are prophecies, stars, fortune and acts of God. Shakespeare has used literary techniques such as foreshadowing and dialogue to emphasize this. Throughout reading this play I have been able to identify how Shakespeare used different techniques to show the reader what was going to happen and how important storylines are.
Pineapples should not be on pizza. Pineapple is the only fruit that one might consider to have on a pizza, and it not even a real fruit. It’s not a pine, it’s not an apple, its actually a berry. What kind of person puts berries on pizza? Normally if you’re sharing a pizza and one of you doesn’t like a specific topping, you just take it off and eat what’s left. However, pineapple loves to leave it sickly taste behind (because it’s evil like that) so even without a single trace of yellow left, as soon as that pizza hits your mouth, you can tell immediately that it has been poisoned by pineapple. Plus pineapple is a wet berry and no one likes soggy pizza. Professional Chef, Gordon Ramsey once said, and I quote “Pineapple does not go on top of pizza”, he is a professional and he knows what he is talking about, if you dare to disagree with him he will put two pieces of bread on your face and call you an idiot sandwich. Pineapple despite having what some might call a pleasant taste it actually increases a male’s sperm count meaning that your chance of getting a woman pregnant increases and that basically means that if you eat lots of pineapple then you are more likely to get a female pregnant which is bad – premarital sex is a sin! And finally you are eating spongebob’s home, you sick person!
Arghhhhhh we just watched the end of Romeo and Juliet and I’m so annoyed!!!!
So lemme just get this straight Juliet doesn’t want to marry Paris, so she decides Oh yeah lets just go visit my local crackhead drug dealing priest to see if he can solve my problems for me. Then the priest is all like yeah you gotta fake your death so take this random blue drug that will look like you are dead and we will just send a letter to your actual husband who no one knows about. But oh no post service didn’t send the letter and the Romeo finds out Juliet is dead and is all like, if you don’t live then I won’t either ( I would just like to take the time to clarify that they have known each other for like 3 days) and then shoots a whole load of people to get to the place where Juliet is ‘dead’ then spends a whole time like making out with her even though she is ‘dead’ and then as soon as she wakes up, kills himself. Wow what great timing, like bro, maybe just check again before you go and poison yourself . So then Juliet shoots herself. Wow great story!
And lets not forget the major fire risk at the tomb! Like health and safety where you at?
Rant over sorry!
“I dreamt my lady came and found me dead…
And breath’d such life with kisses in my lips
That I reviv’d and was an emperor.”
Romeo, Act 5, Scene 1, Line 6-9
Romeo speaks of a dream that he had the night before. In his dream Juliet found him dead, but when she kissed him she breathed life into his body and revived him. He then rose from the dead and became an emperor.
Two words in this quote that I find interesting are emperor and dead.
The definition of emperor is a sovereign ruler of an empire, I find the use of this word interesting because it is entirely out of context and maybe shakespeare just wrote it so that it reinforced that it really was just a dream.Dead is the other word that intrigued me. The definition of dead is no longer alive.
All together this quote really again just hints at what is going to happen in the near future although neither of them know what’s going to happen.
“I would the fool were married to her grave”
Dun,Dun,Dun (cue dramatic music)
– Lady Capulet, Act 3 Scene 5 Line 60
Oooooooo, So a little background info, basically Lady C goes to tell Juliet that she is to be married to Paris on Thursday, and then Juliet is like oh hell no and then Capulet comes in and is like bro you are marrying him just deal with it, I will drag you there, screaming if I have too. Then Lady C says “I would the fool married to her grave”, this basically means that she would rather Juliet die than not get married, but Juliet can’t get married to Paris because she is already married to Romeo but her parents don’t know about that and think that she hates Romeo because he killed Tybalt.
One part that amuses me a little bit is that Lady C calls Juliet a ‘fool’ – I think this I supposed to insult Juliet but I am just internally laughing at how different insults are in our time.
The funny thing is that (spoiler alert) little does Lady C know but it actually happened- Juliet literally got married to her grave in the sense that the arranged marriage with Paris and her short marriage with Romeo actually kills her. So this leads back to the whole idea of pre-determined fate and that Juliet has no control at all over what happens and how Shakespeare shows this in his writing.
‘Is love an invention created by humans?’
Arghh my brain…
I believe that love was not created by humans. When people think of love the first type of love they think about is romantic love, but there are many different types of love. For example there is the love from parents to child which is sometimes called ‘unconditional’ love. Do only humans love their children? I don’t think so. Love for our children existed long before humans arrived, it was necessary for our evolution. Not only was love necessary for evolution but the acting of ‘loving’ releases many hormones which affect our brain…
“Is a white sheet of paper more blank than a black sheet of paper?”
No and this question triggers me. If there is nothing on the paper it is blank. Therefore if the black paper and the white paper are equally blank then they are the some amount of blank!
“If I am being kind to you but you think I’m being horrible, am I being kind or not?”
I think that if you believe that you are being kind to someone but the person that you are being kind to doesn’t think that you are being kind then you both have very different views on what kind is…
Personally my internal definition of kind is to go out of my way to be nice to someone.
The formal definition of kind is having or showing a friendly, generous, and considerate nature.
So to answer the question I think that if you think you are being kind to someone but they think you are being horrible then you aren’t trying hard enough to be .
But if you want to be annoying another definition of kind is a group of people or things having similar characteristics. And as humans we are all the same kind so then the answer would be yes, you were being kind because we are all the same species!