How does the idea of deception and disguise contribute to the theme of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?
When Romeo first meets Juliet, he is wearing a mask, which becomes symbolic of how deceived Juliet feels by Romeo later in the play. When Juliet first learns that Romeo has killed her cousin Tybalt, Juliet feels like she has married a murderer instead of a hero; she feels like she has married the devil instead of an angle, as we see in her speech full of oxymorons:
Beautiful tyrant! fiend angelical!
Dove-feather'd raven! wolvish-ravening lamb!
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