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These are love, sex, marriage and conflict. I will explore how Shakespeare includes these themes, the significance of them, and whether the trinity of love, sex, and marriage is needed for a relationship to exist.

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Introduction

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was a very famous play and it upholds its reputation to date with many modern interpretations. There are many themes in the play, which I noticed within the first act. These are love, sex, marriage and conflict. I will explore how Shakespeare includes these themes, the significance of them, and whether the trinity of love, sex, and marriage is needed for a relationship to exist. The first theme I will explore is Conflict; this is made very obvious at the very opening of the play. In Act 1 Scene 1 a fight breaks out between the houses of Montague and Capulet. These two families have always had a hatred for each other, which has existed for a long time. The fight is started between the servants from the Capulet house, Sampson and Gregory, who provoke Abram and Balthasar of the Montague house. "Do you bite your thumb at us sir?" ...read more.

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The subject of Marriage in the play is first present in Act 1 Scene 2 when the noble young kinsmen of the Prince, Paris, asks Lord Capulet for his daughters hand in marriage. At the time of this play it was traditional for a man to ask for the father's permission to marry. "what say you to my suit?" queries Paris , Lord Capulet then later replies that Juliet has "not yet seen the change of fourteen years", meaning that he believes that she is probably too young for marriage, although, at the time it was possible to marry quite young. This is also an arranged marriage, which Shakespeare has included in the play; this marriage shows how that a marriage could take place without love, as Paris and Juliet have not even met at this point, but this doesn't necessarily mean it would work, as we later find out in the story. The theme of Love appears in the very prologue of the tale, the chorus tells us that amidst the fighting between the two prominent families, a "pair of star-cross'd lovers" will take their lives. ...read more.

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A sonnet is a poetic form associated with love: Romeo: "Saints do not move, though grant for prayer's sake." Juliet: "Then move out, while my prayer's effect I take." The final theme I will cover is the physical act of love. This appears when Gregory and Sampson are having manly banter about what they would do to the Capulet maids in Act 1 Scene 1. Sampson: " 'tis known I am a pretty piece of flesh." This is an innuendo towards the male anatomy and shows that the theme of sex is present as they talk of it but it's an innuendo as it could not be directly meant in a crude manor and can have a double meaning. The theme of sex also appears again when Romeo mentions that Rosaline has agreed to chastity. Ben: "Then she hath sworn that she will still live chaste" Romeo: "She hath.." It seems that in Romeo's belief he thinks that there is no chance of having a relationship with her if sex is not possible, so to him, I believe sex is important and is need for a relationship to exist.58/ ...read more.

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