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Explore Themes of Love and Loss in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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Explore Love and Hate in Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare’s Contrast of Fate vs. Choice for Engrossing Tragedy

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Uncontrollable Events in Romeo and Juliet Affect Love, Lives, and Actions of Characters

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Explore True Love in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet: From Infatuation to Death-Defying Devotion

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Exploring Marriage in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet: A Status Symbol, Security and Sweetness

In William Shakespeare’s tragic play Romeo and Juliet, marriage is depicted as a status symbol, a source of security and stability, and being sweet/romantic. Firstly, marriage is presented as a status symbol by Juliet’s mother, Lady Capulet in particular. In the first act, Lady Capulet attempts to persuade Juliet to marry Paris with “The fish … Read more

Love and Sacrifice: Analyzing How Romeo and Juliet Prove That Love Leads to Sacrifices.

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Exploring the Cons of Modernizing Classics: Why “Romeo and Juliet” Fails to Meet Expectations

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Romance to Tragedy: Analyzing Romeo and Juliet’s Developing Views on Love

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Romeo and Juliet: True Love or Infatuation? A Classic Love Story Explored

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Compare Romeo and Juliet’s Feud to Gnomeo and Juliet’s: “Family Rivalries Continue in Romeo and Juliet + Gnomeo and Juliet

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Destructive Love in Romeo and Juliet: from Lovers to Family and Friends.

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Explore 5 Instances of Brotherly Love in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

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Comparing Romeo and Juliet Movie and Play

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Explore the Relationships between Romeo and Juliet and Their Parents

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Intro to Benvolio: The Friend You Need in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

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Exploring Teen Impulsivity in Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.

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Exploring Romeo’s Naive Nature and the Impact of Friar Lawrence and Mercutio – a Romeo and Juliet Analysis

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Explore the Untold Father-Son Relationship in Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet

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Explore the Severity of Family Conflict in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

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Immature Love: Examining Romeo and Juliet’s Hasty Actions and Obsession with Inatuation

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Uncover the lasting impression of Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet (1968) on modern cinematic & societal relationships.

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Uncovering the Legacy of Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet (1968)

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About Romeo and Juliet

“For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo,” said the prince. The story of Romeo and Juliet is indeed surrounded by sorrow and distress. The tragedy is driven by blindness love to each other. Romeo and Juliet both knew their role in their families, they knew their love for each other will never be approved by their families, they are told to see each other as enemies, but yet they still fell into a trap which they created for themselves. Is this their ultimate fate or it is something that they can change? There are certainly some decisions that are made to fail, and also some characters other than Romeo and Juliet, which failed to do what they are called to do.

One of the crucial things that contributed to this tragic event is Romeo’s character. Throughout the story, there are a lot of places which show his impulsiveness. One example of this early in the play. Romeo reacts emotionally when he hears his beloved Rosaline is going to a convent. But in a few scenes later, he sees Juliet the first time and instantly forgets about Rosaline. “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night. Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear; Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!” (1.5.43-45) Although he knows clearly that Juliet is a Capulet and he should not have any relationship with her, he still finds a chance to speak with her, and later even asks if he can kiss her. This is a great example of Romeo’s impulsiveness. If Romeo thinks about the consequences they both need to bear before taking action, they would have never met and the tragic ending will not happen.

Friar Lawrence’s failure to do what he is called to do by making two big mistakes also impacted the tragic ending. Firstly, although he had a good intention to end the feud between the Montagues and the Capulet’s through marrying Romeo and Juliet when he said: “For this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households’ rancour to pure love.”(2.3.91-92) He makes his decisions too quickly without thinking Romeo and Juliet are still teenagers who are blinded by love. They should spend more time knowing each other first before determining they are right for each other. In the end, the two families indeed meet at one point and end the feud, but is there a better way to solve the problem without the tragic ending? Secondly, when Juliet awakes from the tomb, Friar Lawrence arrives and he attempts to bring Juliet away from the tomb, he says, “Stay not to question, for the Watch is coming; come, go, good Juliet. I dare no longer stay.”(5.3.158-159) Juliet, of course, does not listen because she just woke from sleeping, she asks Friar Lawrence what happened, but because he is afraid that he will get caught so he runs away leaving Juliet behind. His selfishness made Juliet commit suicide. Friar Lawrence runs away when Juliet needed her the most, and the consequence of that is Juliet killing herself because she thinks that she has no point living anymore due to the death of her beloved.

Finally, Romeo and Juliet’s “love” to each other is the most crucial thing which leads to the tragic ending. They both claim to fall in love within seconds when they see each other the first time. They didn’t get to know each other first like normal people would, instead they both jumped into conclusion that they need to get married as soon as possible. In reality, they are just attracted to each other’s appearance and they are not truly in love. One reason supporting that is throughout the story, Romeo and Juliet are just teenagers who are trying to seek distraction from reality. Romeo isn’t in love with Juliet because he is still in love with Rosaline. He is trying hard to get over her after Rosaline rejected him. This quote by Romeo, “I’ll go along, no such sight to be shown, but to rejoice in splendour of mine own”, (1.3.33) proves that Romeo is attending the ball just to see Rosaline. Romeo is heartbroken because Rosaline is not returning his love, so he immediately shows his “love“ to Juliet just to escape from reality. Juliet, on the other hand, is also not in love with Romeo. She is trying to escape the reality of marrying Paris. Juliet’s unwillingness to marry Paris makes her think that by marrying Romeo, she will not need to be with a man she is not interested in. Romeo and Juliet are using each other’s love to escape from their unpleasant realities.

In conclusion, the tragic ending of Romeo and Juliet is not only the result of them both. It is also caused by other characters such as Lord Capulet, The Nurse, and Friar Lawrence. If Lord Capulet asks Juliet’s opinion on marrying Paris instead of forcing her, Juliet will not come out as impulsive and desperate. If The Nurse does not blindly encourage Romeo and Juliet to do whatever it takes to be together, they may rethink their love to each other. If Friar Lawrence thinks about the consequences they all will bear if his plans fail, the ending of Romeo and Juliet may not be tragic. Even though Romeo and Juliet could escape reality, but they will never be able to escape their fate. The opening lines of “Romeo and Juliet” tells us they will eventually die and the ending is set. “From forth the fatal loins of these two foes. A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life.” (Prologue) It is possible that a series of coincidences, bad decisions, and bad luck altar the tragic ending, but no matter what the characters do to defy fate, the outcome will not be a happy one. They are chosen to die, they are chosen to be the ones who will bring change into Verona through their deaths, they are fated to love and die for the greater good of Verona. In the end, no one can defy fate. Is fate will be what it will be, no matter what?


Writing Romeo and Juliet essays

Here are some key points, themes and topics for discussion:

  1. Love and Hate: Explore the opposing themes of love and hate that dominate Romeo and Juliet. How do these two forces interact and shape the outcome of the play?
  2. Fate and Destiny: Analyze the concept of fate and destiny in Romeo and Juliet. How does fate play a role in the tragedy of the play?
  3. Conflict and Conflict Resolution: Examine the various conflicts between the families that drive the plot of the play. What methods of conflict resolution are used in the play?
  4. Character Analysis: Analyze the characters of Romeo, Juliet, and the supporting characters. How do their motivations and actions shape the story?
  5. Power Dynamics: Analyze the power dynamics between different characters, families, and social classes in the play. How does power influence the events of the play?
  6. Language and Symbolism: Analyze the language used in the play and the symbolism used to represent characters and themes.
  7. Adaptations: Examine the various adaptations of Romeo and Juliet over the centuries. How have they changed the original play?
  8. Themes: Examine the major themes in the play, such as love, family, loyalty, and death. How do these themes shape the story?