Romeo and Juliet is the most famous romantic play in English Literature by William Shakespeare. The main theme of the play is the romantic love between and the intense passion which springs up at first sight between Romeo and Juliet. Love is a violent, ecstatic and overpowering force which suspends all other values. Juliet places her love above everything when she says, ‘O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? 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’.
Unrequited love In the Robert browning poem, ‘The laboratory’ and Shakespeare’s famous ‘Romeo and Juliet’, there is a reoccurring theme of unrequited love. Unrequited love is displayed throughout Romeo and Juliet, as we can see with Romeo’s love for Rosaline at the beginning of the play. Romeo's love for Rosaline is unrequited. He loves her but she cannot love him because she is going to become a nun and nuns are not allowed to have relationships. Rosaline is unobtainable, just like Juliet was at first.
Now think about Romeo’s “love at first sight” with Juliet, they cannot get enough of each other, weakened at each other’s disappearance. This is an example of an impulse relationship. They don’t care about their feuding families; they just want to be
‘Good Capulet, which name I tender as dearly as my own.’ The audience know the reason why Romeo won’t fight Tybalt, which is because Romeo and Juliet are now married. ‘The reason that I have to love thee.’ The audience know that Romeo must love Tybalt because they are now related. The other characters did not know about the wedding and are confused by what Romeo is saying. The dramatic irony in this scene makes it such an intense scene to watch. It is also a significant scene because it leads to Mercutio fighting Tybalt and Mercutios death.
This is emphasised with the fact that the two young lovers foreshadow their own death. Therefore this creates dramatic irony in that the audience know how the story is going unfold and the course of Romeo and Juliet’s’ lives but they do not know themselves. Shakespeare unravels the story whilst cleverly creating twists which brings sympathy upon the audience. The play starts with a prologue which is how Shakespeare begins to create a sense of sympathy for Romeo and Juliet. Here, the audience is told that the couple are ‘star cross’d lovers’ and that their love is going against the stars and that they are therefore doomed in disaster.
This was a brave action on behalf of Juliet because disobeying Sir Capulet, her father, was considered a sin. In Scene 2 of Act 4 Juliet says: ”Where I have learned me to repent the sin of disobedient opposition.” This brings me to another point because Juliet did not truly mean this; however, she knew exactly what to say in order to make her parents happy. All the lies she told were just another way showing her immense loyalty to Romeo. Her sincerity to Romeo surpasses even the faithfulness to her family. This constant battle to be with Romeo is turned into a main them or conflict in the story, society versus individual choices.
Friar Lawrence makes fun of Romeo saying that young men only love what they see. They do not love with their hearts but with their eyes and thoughts. Their love is shallow and superficial. He questions whether Romeo shed a single tear for Rosaline before moving on. Friar Lawrence brings out Romeo’s fickle minded nature by showing how he falls in love with a new woman, Juliet, in a very short time frame.
She fell in love with Romeo who was eighteen and a Montague, her family’s enemy. She was yet to understand the meaning of love but seeing Romeo; she instantly fell in love with him but she must have been confused and thrilled at the same time. Even though they loved each other they still had to face many challenges. That including keeping their relationship a secret from her family. Their love was destined to be an unhappy one which caused her to separate from her family when she refused
The marriage between Desdemona and Othello is racked with controversy. It is through Act 1 Scene 3 that Shakespeare explores the pair’s deep love, and this love is depicted to be so strong, that Desdemona is willing to betray her own father for Othello. This is the first exploration of their relationship’s passionate, extreme nature, which ultimately proves to be the hero’s fatal flaw. Desdemona’s loyalty to Othello, whilst seemingly faultless, is also first called into question in this act, with her father saying; “She has deceived her father and may thee’, foreshadowing how the nature of the relationship may be turned. The drama of this secret marriage between the couple allows for Shakespeare to highlight the impassioned nature of Othello, with lines such as “my life upon her faith”, introducing the defective nature of the main character.