Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”
Shakespeare’s master piece “Romeo and Juliet” is both relevant and irrelevant to today’s modern audiences. The values, morals and beliefs of society have greatly changed in the past centuries. Although many changes have been made the study of Shakespeare and all of his plays are still appreciated and heavily used today. There are also many people who can relate to the power of love and violence that is expressed by the two young lovers. The use of Shakespeare’s many themes has also helped to shape the play and give a deeper meaning to the story line. The themes love and violence have a huge effect on the outcome of the play. At first their love is innocent and silly like a first crush but later on we see how their relationship evolves and tear the two families apart. A lot of people nowadays can relate to the passion and lust the young pair had for each other but at the same time have enough control to stop everything that happened in the film from happening in their real life situation. The play focuses on romantic love, especially the intense heat between Romeo and Juliet. In this specific film love is also a violent, overpowering, controlling force that subsides any loyalty the teenagers have for their family. The love is so strong that the pair are driven to defy their entire upbringing. “Deny thy father and refuse thy name; or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and I’ll no longer be a Capulet”. This is the famous balcony scene where they are expressing their love for each other. Fate is another huge theme throughout all of Romeo and Juliet. Fate is not a vital part of today’s society as not many people believe in its true power. Back in Shakespeare’s time fate was predetermined by god and was your destiny or personal fortune. Fate was seen as something that you could never escape or avoid. It followed you everywhere you went and any events that happened were obviously fate. It was such a big deal that your fate was...
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