Romeo and Juliet: Contradicting Ideas

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Throughout Romeo and Juliet there are many contradictions. The play demonstrates both good and evil in people along with their love and hate. Shakespeare teaches that it is possible to do the impossible. Since they are enemy families it would be impossible for Romeo and Juliet to be together, but we learn that anything is possible. This results in death because it truly was impossible for Romeo and Juliet to be together and happy with their lives. A forbidden love causes two enemies to break boundaries and defy their backgrounds.

One example of defiance and obedience would be in Act 4 Scene 1 (lines 91-92). In this passage Friar Lawrence tells Juliet to go along with the plans to marry Paris even though she already married her dear Romeo. Friar tells Juliet that he will think of a plan to solve this issue. Friar is defying the Capulet’s by telling them that Juliet will marry Paris. But Friar is being obedient to Juliet’s orders by coming up with a plan to get her out of this marriage.

An example of love and hate would be in Act 3 Scene 5 (lines 166-177). Lord Capulet threatens his daughter Juliet that if she does not marry Paris then she will be kicked out and be disowned by her father. Whereas in Act 1 Scene 2 when Paris asks Lord Capulet to marry Juliet Capulet says that it would be up to Juliet and what she decides.

From both of these antitheses we can learn that deep down everyone cares for each other and are only trying to do the right thing. Even though Capulet threatened Juliet he cares deeply about her and would be crushed if something bad happened to her. Sometimes loved ones try to protect one another so they will not get hurt. Despite an action that one performs they will always be accepted with their friends.
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