Each and every day, people make sacrifices for their loved ones. Maybe they choose to get up earlier in order to do chores or miss an important meeting so that they would have time for each other. There is no greater example of sacrifices for loved ones than in Romeo and Juliet however, where Shakespeare explores two star-crossed lovers, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, who come from two families that have a deep hatred towards each other. The pair meet each other, secretly wed, and then in order to stay together, commit suicide out of despair and distress. Through Romeo and Juliet’s acts of defiance and sacrifice, Shakespeare proves that while hate has the power to destroy and kill, love is even more powerful as it has the power to transform.
mind in the case of Shakespeare literature, Juliet’s (famous) speech during the balcony scene of the play Romeo and Juliet shows the theme of heart vs. mind. Romeo and Juliet is a romance play with the two-main character Romeo and Juliet being from rival families, however, the two are brought together by fate and must try and keep their forbidden love a secret. Juliet could be the more logical/ reasonable one of the two when it comes to not letting your emotions and passion for love get in the way, however, she does have her moments. For example, in this scene, Juliet is pouring her heart out about Romeo over the balcony of her bedroom not knowing that Romeo was listening. During this heartful speech about Romeo, the two see each other unexpectedly making Juliet recant her statements about her love for Romeo when she really did love him.
Romeo and Juliet was one of the most memorable play and novel written by William Shakespeare. It follows the story of two star-crossed lovers named, Romeo And Juliet. Unable to be wed or even talk or see each other due to their parents rivalry, the Montagues and the Capulets. Throughout the play, Shakespeare makes allusions that the reader can make connections to the allusions which are love stories, mythical beings, etc. These allusions made by the writer can also help the reader understand the overall main focus of the story, not just make connections.
Sami Sayegh Dr. Alan F. Hickman ENGL 103 Sec D Paper III-Dram 11th April, 2017 William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet vs. Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story William Shakespeare can be considered as one of the greatest play writer in history. Out of the several plays he wrote, a timeless drama is that of Romeo and Juliet. Thereafter, play writers, authors and directors have enacted his play and even re-written it into their own style. Reviewers of literature say West side story by Leonard Bernstein, the musical, is an allegorical representation on Romeo and Juliet (Levine 630). The plot in West Side Story is similar to that of Romeo and Juliet, the theme of love and hate and the use of dramatic irony make these two stories a tragedy.
Juliet’s personality develops hugely from the outset to the end of the play. She transitions from this young naïve law-abiding 13 year old to a cunning love struck grown up girl. The opening prologue gives a lot of the story away, without taking the suspense away. The chorus informs the audience that Romeo and Juliet are ‘star-crossed lovers’ implying that the couple are governed by fate and somehow linked to the movements of the stars. The Elizabethan period was very patriarchal and a way that Shakespeare exemplifies this is by making Capulet have absolute power over his wife and daughter or so he thinks.
Romantic love in Romeo and Juliet In Romeo and Juliet, Love is more dangerous than any weapon. In the play, Shakespeare shows how the two star crossed lovers rushed affection leads to Death and Sadness for all in the Tragic love story, Romeo and Juliet. This play takes place in fair Verona, Italy and the show begins with two houses battling it out over an ancient feud, as the tragedy progresses Romeo of the Montagues and Juliet of the Capulets fall in love. In their volatile love, they make many bad decisions like getting married less than a day after they met and killing people because they could not control their emotions. In the end both Juliet and Romeo bite the dust and perish due to their decisions leading up to the closing hours of their
Their parents ' trivial feud kill the thing they loved the most. In William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, the conflict between their parental figures leads to the tragedies in the play. The conflict between Juliet and her parental figures begins with Lord Capulet. Paris asks Juliet’s father for her hand in marriage. Juliet responds with “It is an honor that I dream not of” (1.3.72).
The story of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet takes place in the city of Verona, where two clashing families unravel and then the story of two lovestruck teenagers is sadly affected. The teenagers are affected because of the relationships they had made with their parents and between themselves. With them developing their own relationships and growing into the people they will become, they lose track of other relationships they have formed with other people. In the opening of the play, Juliet seems to have a favorable bond with her father. Unlike her father, her mother and her almost have a nonexistent relationship.
Known as one of the most renowned writers of all time, Shakespeare told the universal truth. Emotions are not something that changes over any amount of time. Some emotions like love, hate, revenge, and envy, are key players in most of Shakespeare's plays. Romeo and Juliet was such a successful play that many other movies have imitated the plot such as the very successful "West Side Story". Even though 400 years has past and the world has changed drastically, the emotions and feelings in the play Romeo and Juliet have withstood the test of time.
Shakespeare’s’ Romeo and Juliet, religious imagery represents the romantic relationship of the two characters and to express the tragedy and inevitable calamity of this pair. Religious imagery is used by the characters in their discussions of each other, their relationship and it progression, and Shakespeare’s original audience would have understood the symbolism and its meaning. The Christian symbolism in Romeo and Juliet can appear to portray the relationship in a positive light, depicting young love as sacred and innocent, however this interpretation does not understand the deeper connotations and meaning behind these symbols and motifs. While Romeo and Juliet’s relationship can appear romantic, their first meeting, the infamous “balcony scene”, and the discussions of their deaths are laced with religious symbolism and discourse that allows for a more nuanced interpretation of their nefarious love. Religious motifs and symbols are usurped and corrupted to represent the couple’s relationship, indicating the corruption and negative aspects of the pair.