Romeo & Juliet-the film "Love is a powerful and destructive force"

Essay by crazyfrog November 2003

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The topic of this essay has two main defining words about love: powerful and destructive. The meaning of power is to have authority or influence and the definition for destruction is to ruin or put an end to something. For example, Romeo's actions in the play are solely controlled by the power of love but the story ends in destruction.

The main outline of the play is about two prominent families (the Montagues and the Capulets) living in Verona, Italy, who are enemies. The main character Romeo belongs to the Montague household, whereas Juliet is a Capulet and arranged to marry Paris, a pompous nobleman. As fate would have it, Romeo and Juliet meet 'accidentally' and fall instantly in love. The star-crossed lovers are faced with a series of tragic events revolving around their love for each other. They are forced to desperate actions in order to keep their love secret and themselves safe.

However, things seldom go as planned and the result is never joyful; a trail of death and tragedy is scattered in the lover's wake.

In the introduction of the script, I think the symbolism of the star-crossed lovers is there to show that it is written in the stars that Romeo and Juliet should fall in love, along with the underlying tragedies that follow. In other words, they are fated to disaster and destined to love.

Romeo's character changes considerably throughout the play, and his actions are strongly influenced by his love for Juliet. The definition of love is a strong liking or affection for someone or something. At first, Romeo's affection for Juliet is based entirely on her appearance, and no doubt, superficial. Despite this, they inevitably fall in love and eventually marry in secret from the families. Romeo climbs into the orchard to talk...