The themes of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet".

Essay by NeesieHigh School, 10th grade June 2003

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One of the most enduring love stories of all time is Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet. Its popularity can be attributed to the star-crossed lovers' plight to stay together against all odds. Although Shakespeare died almost four centuries ago, the play "Romeo and Juliet" is still among the worlds most widely read literary works. The themes they speak of remain just as important in today's society as they were when they were written. All around the world, audiences have been moved by this tragic story of young love, as it teaches about real life and the experiences that come with it. Shakespeare's plays have remained popular because of their universal themes and appealing characters.

Firstly, Shakespeare offers deep insight into human nature, his universal themes look deep at his words and teachers a great deal about morals and the world. The themes in "Romeo and Juliet" broaden life experience and demonstrate the differences between right and wrong.

Even though at the end, Romeo and Juliet die for one another, this passion for each other attracts the viewer's interest. The deep themes of the characters teach people many things. For example, Romeo chooses to die when he believes Juliet is dead. It shows that life cannot stand alone without love and that love is more important than life. To Juliet, Romeo is "day in night"; to Romeo, Juliet is the "sun rising from the east", and when they soar to love's ecstasy, each alike pictures the other as stars in heaven, shedding such brightness as puts to shame the heavenly bodies themselves... Also, Shakespeare talks about the destructiveness of hatred. This theme is shown throughout the story with the family feud, between the Capulet's and the Montague's. The Prologue, (page 13) states, "Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean", it...