The story of Romeo and Juliet contains many controversial topics that are mainly focused on teenagers. The most amazing fact about this story is that even though this story was written hundreds of years ago, the teenagers today still go through the same ordeals or, even wonderful events as well.
One of these important topics in this story was friendship. Romeo and Mercurito's friendship was portrayed as what people would call today a "best friends" status. This was quite obvious in the text and both Romeo and Juliet movies; especially when witnessing Romeo's reaction to Mercurito's death. On the other hand, although the status of Romeo and Mercurito's friendship wasn't as relevant, most viewers would still be able to tell that theirs' was different from the others'.
Hatred, although not shown similarly, was also an important topic shown in this story. If anything, hatred was the most important topic because it is what led to all of the horrid events and ordeals that took place.
Hatred was shown through disputes that were started long before the present time, and also through "nationality pride"; however, all of these forms of hate were formed from one thing: ignorance. If everyone would have just stopped being ignorant and basing their morals of manners on ridiculous theories, such as discrimination and tradition, none of the problems they faced would have occurred. For the text and Romeo and Juliet movies, the families didn't even know why they were enemies to each other, in a way. What is the point of fighting if there's no prime reason for the dispute? In West Side Story, the two "gangs", although ignorant, at least had a set-reason for their dispute.
The most obvious topic that portrays the lives of teenagers today, of course, is love. Foolish love, that is.