Themost famous love story in the history of the world is probably the onepresented in the William Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet”. The play convergesaround the romantic love, especially the boiling sentiments that Romeo andJuliet experienced at first sight. In this play, the most significant andprevailing theme is love —a savage, euphoric, irresistible force that eliminatesall other values, loyalties, and emotions.
In Shakespeare’s play of Romeo andJuliet, the duel between forceful love and inevitable destiny triggeredbelieves that love is the main cause of violence, leading to the regrettable fateof the two lovers.Romeoand Juliet is the story of an absolute and impossible love that is built-in thebackground of the war between two powerful clans. An ageless story, present atall times, in all cultures. Shakespeare uses the forbidden love of Romeo andJuliet as a sentiment that triggered a violent chain of actions when the younglovers 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”, theirfriends, when Romeo leaves Mercutio and Benvolio after the dinner party to goto Juliet, and even against their ruler: after being exiled, Romeo returns toVerona for Juliet. InRomeo and Juliet, love is a blinding passion, that can entirely and strongly overpowera person as hate can. The ardent love between Romeo and Juliet is connectedwith death, even from the very beginning: Tybalt wants to kill Romeo at thedinner 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 notaway from it. Moreover, Romeo and Juliet are obsessed with thoughts of suicide,choosing death and not accepting that they could live without each other: inscene 3 of the third act, Romeo takes refuge in Friar Laurence’s cell, hears heis not sentenced to death, but will be banished from Verona and will not beable 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, whenCapulet decides the marriage of Juliet with Paris, she takes a knife as well, threateningthat she is going to kill herself saying “If all else fail, myself have powerto die” (SparkNotes Editors). Therefore, this violent love theme continues throughoutthe entire play leading to the violent death of the young couple —doublesuicide.
They used their love for each other as a weapon to fight against theirarranged destiny, as only through death actions they can preserve their love. In conclusion, love between Romeo and Julieterupted as an uncontrollable thing, leading as much to destruction as tohappiness. Romeo and Juliet, these sublime lovers, change the laws ofexistence. They break down the barriers, tear the complicated and complex netof conventions, and open a breach of individual freedom. It is this new andtotal liberty that attracted me.
Through love, through its exasperatingimpossibility, something special and above the world opens and burns in the heartof the world. Work Cited”Romeo and Juliet.” Romeo and Juliet: Major Themes | Romeo andJuliet Play Summary & Study Guide | CliffsNotes Shakespeare Central, www.cliffsnotes.
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