The young teens focus on romantic love, specifically the intense passion that springs up at first sight between them. Love in Romeo and Juliet is a brutal, powerful emotion that captures individuals and catapults them against their world, and, at times, against themselves. Relationships are also a major focal point of the play, as they are two star struck teenagers with an addiction to each other to the point of Juliet faking a death just to be with Romeo forever. The play, rather than presenting a specific statement of love, portrays the chaos and passion of being in love, combining the themes of love, passion, family, and violence, and how they conflict with each other. Romeo and Juliet’s love, like the love of the youth, is acted upon very quickly and impulsively.
William Shakespeare's tragedy, Romeo and Juliet is a popular study for various themes, including love. The five types of love include unrequited love, romantic love, parental love, friendship and love of family honor. Love is an overpowering force that takes over all other values, loyalties and emotions.The ones I will be elaborating is romantic love and love of family honor. I find these the direct cause of the eventual ending of the plot- the death of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. The romantic love of Romeo and Juliet has become very popular and is the ideal example of star-crossed lovers.
In the play “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare love is an important theme. In this play, Juliet and Romeo fall in love while Romeo is trying to get over Rosalind and Juliet is having an arranged marriage, their families are also feuding. In Shakespeare's play, Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet all have different views of love. Mercutio’s view of love is very humorous and not true, Romeo’s view of love is hopeless; he likes being in love, but does not like love itself. Lastly, Juliet’s view of love is logical; she does not follow love blindly.
But still we can match some characteristics and things of the two characters. The biggest similarity is of course that they both fell in love with Juliet, and that they want to marry her very quickly. Romeo and Paris are also both self-centered and selfish: Romeo is selfish when he doesn’t think about what Juliet will be put through if she goes about marrying him with the Friar. He doesn’t realize that her father and mother
He talks to himself about many things, but the main theme is theduality in any situation, meaning how something bad can so easily be turnedto good, and vice versa. While he seems to be focusing his entire speech tohimself on this idea, Friar Lawrence so easily contradicts it only a fewscenes later, when he marries Romeo and Juliet. By marrying the youngcouple, Friar Lawrence is not even following his own ideas, because eventhough marrying Romeo and Juliet is a good act, doing it so hastily makes it abad one. This ties in to another, closely related one of Friar Lawrence’sideas, which is that a good action done in a bad way can form a bad action, ashe says: “Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied…” (II.ii.17). This againshows that the good act of marrying Romeo and Juliet, if done wrong bydoing it too quickly, can become bad act.
Did Othello “love too well and not too wisely”? In William Shakespeare’s Othello, love was an important theme in the play. Othello’s character was one whom loved his wife and his best friend. Othello seemed to be madly in love with Desdemona, however his love for Iago seemed to be even greater and more “mad”. As Othello’s love for Iago grew stronger, his love for Desdemona began to fade.
After joining these two in marriage, he further helped the two of them out by keeping their marriage a secret. Another reason why Friar Lawrence was consistent with the universal will was when he tried to make the streets of Verona peaceful again. The constant feuding between the two houses on the streets was hated by all. Friar Lawrence tried to successfully unite the families by using Romeo and Juliet. Friar Lawrence said “For this alliance may so happy prove/To turn your households’ rancour to pure love” [II.iii.91-92].
The Friar, in good nature, takes advantage of that. When he learns of Romeo’s desire to marry Juliet he agrees to perform the marriage with an ulterior motive. He realizes that perhaps this could end the long-standing feud between the Montagues and Capulets, “For this alliance may so happy prove/ To turn your households’ rancour to pure love.” (2.3.91-92). This decision leads to a chain of events that will change many lives forever, some for the better, some decidedly for the worse. The Friar is central in the display of one of the themes of Romeo and Juliet, which is the idea that man has the capacity for both good and evil within, “Two such opposed kings encamp them still/ In man as well as herbs, grace and rude will;” (2.3.27-28).
When true love happens people will go to the ends of the Earth to be together. Fate plays a major role in Romeo and Juliet in numerous ways. They would do anything for one another and throughout the play the reader is able to tell they are defiantly meant for one another. In our society today, it is hard to find a love like that of Romeo and Juliet but anything is possible with fate. Two star-crossed lovers go against their parent’s will since Juliet’s cousin is now dead and Romeo dreams that he should not go to the party, with that he ends up taking his own life.
Othello and Desdemona In the play, The Tragedy of Othello, Shakespeare really tests our conception as to what love is, and where it can or can't exist. Judging from the relationship between Desdemona and Othello, the play seems to say that marriage based on an innocent romantic love or profane love is bound to fail. Shakespeare is pessimistic about the existence and survival of a true type of love. There is a common thread of betrayal and deceit among his female characters, especially. Othello and Desdemona, as portrayed in the play, are the two greatest innocents there ever were.