Still the Great Lovers

Essay by BasmaneHigh School, 10th gradeA+, June 2004

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The world's most enduring love story, Romeo and Juliet, continues to have as much relevance for a modern day audience as it did in Shakespeare's time. It is a masterpiece of lyric poetry. The story of star-crossed lovers, whose struggle for love and happiness in spite of familial opposition ends in senseless death, has been called the greatest work of romantic story ever written.

Romeo and Juliet was written by Shakespeare most probably in 1594 or 1595. It's still popular after it was written around 400 years ago, because themes are still relevant. We can see them at present time. They are human incentives. Humans live with them and they don't change by the time. Its film versions made as well. One of the evidence is that we all heard it's still studied at high school and universities. There other reasons are the plot development and characters and their development.

The action of Romeo and Juliet involves two carefully balanced groups of characters. At the head of the two feuding families of Verona are Lord and Lady Capulet and Lord and Lady Montague. Their children Romeo and Juliet have two cousins who are clearly contrast each other. Both family have servants which represent loyalty theme.

The character development is well-prepared in the play. When we first meet Romeo, he was a moody rejected lover. But he had not always been like this, solitary and withdrawn. The very fact that his father, Benvolio and Mercutio all make so much of his changed 'humour' shows that his present behaviour is a drastic alternation and that he was not like the Romeo they used to know; " Madam, an hour before the worshipp'd sun, peer'd forth the golden windows of the east, a troubled mind drove me to walk abroad,