Romeo & Juliet
Socratic Seminar Written Response
5) Turn one of the following topics (fate, family ties, friendship, or love) into a universal theme and analyze how it develops throughout the play.
Love is so strong that it can never be broken. In Romeo & Juliet
, their love is one that
progresses very quickly, leading to the two getting married recklessly. Romeo is someone who falls in love easily, and when he sees Juliet, he immediately falls in love with her, despite being madly in love with a girl named Rosaline just a few days earlier. Upon first seeing Juliet, he asks to a Servingman, “What lady’s that, which doth enrich / the hand / Of yonder knight?” (II, v, 3840). Romeo immediately spots Juliet across the dance floor and is mesmerized by her beauty. Juliet is young and naive, so when Juliet meets the very attractive Romeo, she too, falls in love with him at first sight. After having not met each other for not even a full day, they essentially decide to get married, despite knowing the identities of each other and the feuds that occur between their two families.
Romeo & Juliet
, love is an overpowering force that prevails over all other values, loyalties, and emotions. Romeo and Juliet are starcrossed lovers and this is a fact that can never be changed fate controls them forever. When Juliet hears about Romeo's’ banishment from Verona, she does not even care that this was because he killed her own cousin Tybalt she is just glad that Romeo is still alive. Upon hearing of her arranged marriage with Paris by her parents, she’d rather commit suicide than be with him because she is already married to her love, Romeo. She does not even take into consideration her parents’ wishes for her wellbeing that they have her marry Paris, all because of her unbreakable love with Romeo. When Romeo hears news of Juliet’s death, he acts in haste because his beloved Juliet is no longer with him in this world. He says, “Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee tonight. / Let’s see for means” (V,i, 3435). Instantly, he decides to commit suicide at Juliet’s side. Blinded by his love for her, he disregards everything and wishes to die so that he can join Juliet in her grave to die together and never be separated from her.
2) Friar Laurence plays the part of a wise adviser to Romeo
, along with aiding
in major plot developments. Alone, he
the later, tragic events of the play
and their similarities to humans. When Romeo requests the Friar marry him to
, he is shocked, because only days before, Romeo had been infatuated with
a woman who did not return his love. Nevertheless, Friar Laurence decides to marry Romeo and Juliet in the attempt to stop the civil feud between the
. When Romeo is banished for killing
and flees to
, Friar Laurence tries to help the two lovers get back. Prince says, "We have still known thee for a holy man."
3) Romeo's decision to approach Juliet on her balcony is fraught with consequences that Juliet makes very clear, basically telling him that he will face death if her family spots him there. It is also true, however, that Juliet pushes Romeo to declare his intent to marry her. I suppose she does this knowing that her parents want her to meet Paris, but it is a hasty decision, and one which leads to their deaths.
If he had not been banished, the whole Juliet faking her death would have gone down much differently, because Romeo could have been close at hand and known the details.
For me, the most impactful choice is Juliet's decision not to share her plan with the Nurse. Had she done so, the Nurse, as she has done so often, would have protected Juliet. Even though she told Juliet to forget about Romeo and marry Paris (even after ...
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