The Theme of Romeo & Juliet Play Essay
William Shakespeare, who wrote The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, has a reason for concluding the story tragically. Romeo and Juliet unexpectedly kill themselves in the climax of the play. In addition, Mercutio, Tybalt, Paris, and Lady Montague all die. All this despair is caused because Romeo and Juliet are disobedient to their families. Since Romeo and Juliet craved to be united, their disobedience against their parents led them to their death. Thus, the theme of the play is that disobedience leads to the destruction of life.
First, the duel between Mercutio and Tybalt leads both of them to destruction. Romeo tries to be nice to Tybalt by saying. "Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee / Doth much excuse the appertaining rage / to such a greeting. Villain am I none. / Therefore farewell. I see thou knowest me not" (Lines 59-62 Pg.
722 Scene 1 Act 3). In this quote, Romeo shows politeness towards Tybalt, however Tybalt ignores it. Romeo tells Mercutio to stop fighting; yet Mercutio disobeys his words, and continues to fight Tybalt, therefore Mercutio dies. This causes Romeo to take revenge on Tybalt, and soon he kills Tybalt. As a penalty, Romeo is banished from Verona by the Prince. In view of the fact that Mercutio is killed, and Romeo is banished from Verona, this is an example that resembles the destruction of life. Mercutio disobeys Romeo; his disobedience leads him to the destruction of life.
Secondly, Juliet disobeys her parents' wishes, which is for her to be married to Paris, by saying, "I pray you tell my lord and father, madam, / I will not marry yet; and when I do, I swear / It shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate,