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A look at the structure of a play reveals how it has been put together The most important structural device in Romeo and Juliet is juxtaposition for contrast Shakespeare repeatedly puts two different people or actions or words side by side to heighten the differences between them Shakespeare uses foil characters to point out the differences between them One example of this is when he uses Rosaline as a foil character to compare to Juliet The first thing you see when Rosaline is compared to Juliet is that Juliet is extremely immature To prove Juliets immaturity is when she is talking about not marring if she cant be married to Romeo This is an immature thought because she is acting similar to a child trying to get whatever it wants Another pair of foil characters is Benvolio and Mercutio I pray thee good Mercutio lets retirewe shall not scape a brawl For now these hot days is the mad blood stirringIII i 1 3-4 This quote shows Benvolio is civil and not looking for trouble unlike Mercutio This quote also demonstrates Benvolios smarts because one can see that he thought out the events that could potentially happen Shakespeare places contrasting actions side by side to heighten tension in conflicts and to move the plot along A major example of this is when it makes the transaction from Romeo and Juliets graceful marriage to the disturbing scene of Tybalts death Tybalt the reason that I have to love thee Doth much excuse the appertaining rage III i 62 63 This quote is said by Romeo to Tybalt right before there brawl occurs Romeo is telling Tybalt that they shouldnt be fighting because they are now relatives however Tybalt thinks Romeo is mocking him Another example is Juliets wedding turning into a funeral over night This not only brings the play from happiness and joy to depression and sadness but it also moves the plot along a
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