The theme permeates the text and is portrayed in images that occur in almost every line, and in every scene. Chief among them intense shifts between comedy and tragedy, like the punning exchange between Romeo and Mercutio just before Tybalt arrives.He does this with actual deaths, which cause problems for the lovers, and through premonitions and dreams of death. How does Shakespeare treat death in Romeo and Juliet? Perhaps the most graphic and horrifying passage on death appears in Measure for Measure. This banishment of Romeo's inevitably leads to even greater problems later in the play. The Prince arrives upon the scene, and after an account of the happenings, banishes Romeo to Mantua upon penalty of death. He contemplates suicide as a solution but restrains himself because of his fear of eternal suffering in the afterlife. They are in a ';breathless state of suspense'; by the opening of the last scene in the tomb: If Romeo is delayed long enough for the Friar to arrive, he and Juliet may yet be saved.
Shakespeare explores death in every aspect of the text, and from every angle. Total: Shakespeare also uses sub-plots to offer a clearer view of the actions of the main characters. Four suicides are assisted, and at least three others are imitative.
He goes on to describe death as the generator of nature in that human beings are recycled and provide the fertiliser and nutrition that keeps nature working. The use of death is immediately seen in the prologue of the play: "The fearful passage of their death-marked love…" Shakespeare Pro.
Elizabethan drama and Jacobean drama was especially gruesome, notorious for on-stage deaths. The Prince arrives upon the scene, and after an account of the happenings, banishes Romeo to Mantua upon penalty of death.
Before Mercutio's death in Act three, the play is largely a comedy. A plague!
The theme deepens as the action progresses.