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'Romeo and Juliet is a play that celebrates young love' Agree or Disagree?

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?Romeo & Juliet? Essay ________________ Written between 1594 and 1595, ?Romeo and Juliet? is the most famous and well known Shakespearian love tragedy ever told. The story revolves around the two young, star-crossed lovers, who cannot understand the hatred of an older generation. This eventually leads to the untimely death of our heroes, whose love was so strong that they choose to die together than live their lives apart. Although ?Romeo and Juliet? is a play that does in fact celebrate young love, it is not the central theme of this timeless story. ?Romeo and Juliet? is a cautionary tale as it shows us that ?love can be dangerous?. It is a story of young love and its perils. Capturing the minds of all its viewers this tragedy concerns major themes such as destiny, pain and hatred which all show the problems that can arise from young love. One of the foremost themes in the play of ?Romeo and Juliet? is destiny or the ?greater power?, as the Friar calls it. The predetermined, usually inevitable, course of events is ?destiny?. This theme runs throughout the entire story and plays a large role in showing the perils of young love. In its first address to the audience, the Prologue states that Romeo and Juliet are ?star-crossed?, that is to say that fate controls them. ...read more.

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This theme shows us the perils of young love and ascertains us that ?love can be dangerous? as it leads to the death of our heroes. ?Where there is love, there is pain? is a Spanish proverb meaning that love is not always a good thing because sometimes love can cause pain. Mental or emotional suffering or torment is ?pain?. The theme of pain is prevalent throughout the play, one strong example being when Romeo is first introduced. Romeo?s speech in this scene, consists of many oxymorons such as ?brawling love?, which all describe his love for Rosaline. Another major example is just before the couple are about to get married and Friar Lawrence narrates some useful advice: ?These violent delights have violent ends, And in their triumph die, like fire and powder?Therefore love moderately, long love doth so, Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.? By this time, Friar Lawrence is worried about the long-term consequences of Romeo and Juliets? marriage. Quoted before by Friar Lawrence: ?To turn your households? rancour to pure love?. Proves that he only agreed to marry them as it may restore peace between the Capulets and the Montagues. He warns Romeo that his and Juliets? intense passion may end suddenly and violently, through the simile ?And in their triumph die, like fire and powder?. ...read more.

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When their parents discover Romeo and Juliet dead in each other?s arms, they vow to end the feud between the two families. In the last quote in the play of ?Romeo and Juliet?, the Prince says: ?A glooming peace this morning with it brings?. This quote states that the death of their children brought the two families together. ?Glooming peace? is an oxymoron used to show that even though they brought both households together, Juliet and her Romeo are still dead. Film Director, Luhrmann shows this tragic scene, while the voice-over of the news reporter is in the background. A close-up shot of both Capulet and Montague faces are shown, which are mutually filled with guilt and regret. This finally proves that love can be overpowering and deceptive. Love, in ?Romeo and Juliet?, is a grand passion, and as such it is blinding, it can overwhelm a person as powerfully and completely as hate can. After all, unlike many of the other tragedies, this play does not have a villain, but rather people whose good qualities are turned to poison by the world in which they live. Therefore ?Romeo and Juliet? is a play that does not celebrate young love but mourns it. The story of Romeo and Juliet is a tribute and a cautionary tale of young love and its mishaps. By Fabiha Rahman Page ...read more.

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