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The question of love in 'Romeo and Juliet'.

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SHAKESPEARE The question of love in 'Romeo and Juliet' The theme of love is evidently explored with Shakespeare's play of 'Romeo and Juliet', using his abilities, the author manages to introduce many obstacles or other influencing elements that has a great impact on the development of love between the two young lovers. There are two basic levels in the play, the behaviour of society within Verona and the private, love orientated interaction between Romeo and Juliet. The social culture of Verona has stood as an uncontrollable influence upon the relationship of Romeo and Juliet, especially concerning the feud between the two families of the Capulets and the Montagues. The existence of this feud is not the immediate reason for the destruction of the lovers, yet it is one of many characteristics within the plot that together is considered an influence that hindered the relationship. Increasing the scale of this element's impact on the relationship, is the fact that it doesn't simply involve the two immediate families as even the servants take part in the feud, clearly proven within the first scene. The conflict appears to be one that is inflicted upon the whole public of Verona as represented by an unnecessary quarrel between the servants of the households within the first scene. ...read more.

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Romeo attempts to console Juliet's fears through declaration of their being stronger than the physical power of Capulet's kinsmen - "there lies more peril in thine eye than twenty of there swords". Romeo tries to prove his love to Juliet by using a vow, again a conventional form of speech, yet Juliet immediately interrupt him and explains that no any convention but his "gracious self" can guarantee his true love. Romeo's use of conventional language to Juliet arouses skepticism in the audience - is this really true love, or just a sign of immaturity? "JULIET: O swear not by the moon, th'inconstant moon, That monthly changes in her orb, Lest that thy love prove likewise variable" (Act II, Scene II) Romeo and Juliet's characters are quite contradictive. Romeo, a more experienced lover, so overwhelmed with supposed love yet shows passivity and immaturity; though Juliet, completely inexperienced with love, behaves more skillfully and cautiously - constantly aware of the danger that accompanies their love. This simple contradiction may possibly have stood as a hindrance to the development of love. Additionally within this scene, one must realize that Romeo displays his ignorance of the situation and fails to consider such as part of reality - "with love's light wings did I o'erperach these walls". ...read more.

Conclusion

Therefore, if both levels are absolutely incompatible, a solution must be inevitable - hence the tragic death of the "star cross'd lovers". Yet their deaths may have been this seemingly inevitable solution, as Romeo realizes after hearing of Juliet's apparent death that the real world does not provide any room for the realization of their love. Therefore death is regarded the only place of reconciliation - and it was in all ways. I don't think Shakespeare wished to provide a didactic message to the audience, yet wished to show how the conflict between love and society lead to Romeo and Juliet's death. I believe the point of the play was not how love arose out of hatred and then triumph over it in death, but that it does. The plot shows that society and death are powers or forces that influenced the lives of Romeo and Juliet. Love was the basis upon the significant decisions made within the play; therefore power of love additionally belongs to these forces. In terms of the two rivalling themes, society regarded their love as a failure; yet the lovers' defiance of society proved to be a great success in terms of the power of love. ...read more.

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