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--Originally Used In Maine South English Class For every occupation there is a tool of the trade A shoemaker uses his last the tailor his yard the fisher his nets and the painter his pencil Those who are masters of the trade first become masters of their tool For the writer this tool is language and there was no challenger when Shakespeare wielded the written word Throughout Romeo and Juliet he uses these words to convey more than their surface value Though many emotions were portrayed throughout the play none were so bright and vibrant in their detail and their craftsmanship as those of confusion haste and the conflicting happiness and sadness Confusion is Shakespeares primary fuel for creating the irony within his story Its first showcased during the fight on the streets of Verona in Act I Scene I in which a servants quarrel over their masters affairs soon turns into a large clash of houses Tybalt accuses Benvolio of hypocrisy crying What drawn and talk of peace I hate the word As I hate hell all Montagues and thee Have at thee cowardII65-68 The line drawn and talk of peace characterizes the two rival houses who have pretend to be at peace while knowing they are at war and the confusion it causes Juliet further exemplifies the confusion brought on by these two lords who have each other under siege when she complains My only love sprung from my only hate Too early seen unknown and known too late51135-136 whose contradictory statements serve to show the confusion that swells upon being wooed by the enemy The trend of one extreme being swung to another is represented repetitively within the play as variations of the phrase Preserving sweet turned bitter gall appear in speech Our protagonists who are the major recipients of the confusion within the story both express this confusion with a series of oxymorons On the subject of the pain denied
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