most famous love story in the history of the world is probably the one
presented in the William Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet”. The play converges
around the romantic love, especially the boiling sentiments that Romeo and
Juliet experienced at first sight. In this play, the most significant and
prevailing theme is love —a savage, euphoric, irresistible force that eliminates
all other values, loyalties, and emotions. In Shakespeare’s play of Romeo and
Juliet, the duel between forceful love and inevitable destiny triggered
believes that love is the main cause of violence, leading to the regrettable fate
of the two lovers.
and Juliet is the story of an absolute and impossible love that is built-in the
background of the war between two powerful clans. An ageless story, present at
all times, in all cultures. Shakespeare uses the forbidden love of Romeo and
Juliet as a sentiment that triggered a violent chain of actions when the young
lovers decide to go against their family “Deny thy father and refuse thy name, /
Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, / And I’ll no longer be a Capulet”, their
friends, when Romeo leaves Mercutio and Benvolio after the dinner party to go
to Juliet, and even against their ruler: after being exiled, Romeo returns to
Verona for Juliet.
Romeo and Juliet, love is a blinding passion, that can entirely and strongly overpower
a person as hate can. The ardent love between Romeo and Juliet is connected
with death, even from the very beginning: Tybalt wants to kill Romeo at the
dinner party as he notices Juliet and falls in love with her right away. Henceforth,
their love seems to drive the young couple closer to love and violence, and not
away from it. Moreover, Romeo and Juliet are obsessed with thoughts of suicide,
choosing death and not accepting that they could live without each other: in
scene 3 of the third act, Romeo takes refuge in Friar Laurence’s cell, hears he
is not sentenced to death, but will be banished from Verona and will not be
able see Juliet ever again. Romeo takes his knife out grieving deeply “Banished?
O friar, the damned use that word in hell/Howlings attend it”. Also, when
Capulet decides the marriage of Juliet with Paris, she takes a knife as well, threatening
that she is going to kill herself saying “If all else fail, myself have power
to die” (SparkNotes Editors). Therefore, this violent love theme continues throughout
the entire play leading to the violent death of the young couple —double
suicide. They used their love for each other as a weapon to fight against their
arranged destiny, as only through death actions they can preserve their love.
In conclusion, love between Romeo and Juliet
erupted as an uncontrollable thing, leading as much to destruction as to
happiness. Romeo and Juliet, these sublime lovers, change the laws of
existence. They break down the barriers, tear the complicated and complex net
of conventions, and open a breach of individual freedom. It is this new and
total liberty that attracted me. Through love, through its exasperating
impossibility, something special and above the world opens and burns in the heart
of the world.
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Mabillard, Amanda. Romeo and Juliet: Plot Summary
Acts 3, 4 and 5, www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/romeoandjuliet/romeops2.html.
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