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Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo & Juliet Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was written in 1595, and with its passionate and realistic treatment of universal themes such as love, war, fate, hate and death, the story has become timeless. Parallels with many other extremely successful plays and performances can also be drawn, proving that the story can be interpreted in several different ways, and still understood by people able to relate to it everywhere, regardless of their culture, background or differing lives. Love is one of the main themes in Romeo and Juliet. Idealistic love, physical love, mature love and paternal love all have their own place throughout the play, and each character also describes a different view and take on what it is. Benvolios' view on love is interchangeable, and he sees love as something you feel for the duration a relationship, but also believes that a man should feel and display no grief if he is initially rejected by a woman, or at the end of a relationship. In contrast with this are the views of Lady Capulet, who believes love comes from appearance, both physical and political. ...read more.


After falling in love with Romeo, Juliet shows many acts of being independent, and whereas before she had relied upon the nurse to guide her and make decisions for her, after the nurse began pushing Juliet towards marrying Paris, Juliet realised that she could no longer put her trust in her, and this was perhaps the point in the play when she realised the real consequences of falling in love with Romeo When Romeo and Juliet first meet she falls in love with his flattering poetic statements, as she could not have possibly seen his face as he was wearing a mask. When Juliet finds out who he is she exclaims 'my only love sprung from my only hate!' . Juliet shows many acts of heroism, for example when she takes the potion, not knowing if she will wake up, as a sacrifice to be with Romeo. During the play, the audience watches as Juliet matures into an independent, heroic, and courageous young woman, due to situations she was put in where she was thrust into an adult world, and forced to be responsible and do what she felt was right. ...read more.


Although, it can still be argued weather Romeo and Juliet's love was based on appearance or words, as when Romeo is mourning Juliet's "death", as she lays in the Capulet monument he declares, "For here lies Juliet, and her beauty makes/ this vault a feasting presence full of light." Romeo thinks that Juliet is dead, yet he still speaks of her beauty. Her physical appearance is the first thing that Romeo fell in love with, and it is that beauty that he will miss the most. The concept of fate functions as a central theme in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In the opening prologue of the play, the Chorus informs the audience that Romeo and Juliet are "Star � cross'd Lovers" (Prologue l.6). In other words, the Chorus states that Romeo and Juliet are governed by fate, a force often linked to the movements of the stars. Fate manifests itself in all the events surrounding the young lovers: the ancient and inexplicable feud between their families, the catastrophic series of mishaps which ruin Friar Lawrence's plans, and the tragic timing of Romeo's suicide and Juliet's awakening. The structure of the play itself rests upon the fate from which the two lovers cannot escape. ...read more.

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