Essay on Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet




Romeo and Juliet

Four hundred years ago, William Shakespeare wrote The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, a
popular play that continues to capture the imagination and emotions of people around the
world. The drama portrays the passionate, violent and often desperate lives of the youth
of Verona. Even today, the tragedy resembles a blueprint of the problems that the
adolescents of the twentieth century must face each day. In this play, Shakespeare
explores the pitfalls of young love, and the consequences they receive from their actions.
They explained their love to be true love and they knew that they had to be together, even
though their families were enemies and it was truly forbidden for the two of them to
marry. The whole idea of love in Romeo's and Juliet's thoughts was totally misunderstood,
and they demonstrated in many sections of the play that they truly did not know what true
love was. In this play, Shakespeare shows that love can cause and finish anything, even
love that is not honestly discovered. The influence of parents played a major part in the
tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. To start with, the general situation is rather like a family
conflict. The feud between the Capulets and the Montagues had been passed down through the
generations, until the youngest child had been planted with the seeds of hate. From the
beginning of the play, it is learned that the Capulet's held the decisive judgement of
what Juliet's future would have in store. "But saying o'er what I have said before. My
child is yet a stranger in the world. She hath not seen the change of fourteen years. Let
two more summers wither in their pride Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride."
(I,ii,7-11) This demonstrates Capulet's intent of choosing Juliet's husband. Romeo and
Juliet kept their relationship secret from the start, in fear that their love affair would
be rejected by their feuding families. That is what led to the death of both lovers. Had
they held a more open relationship, eventually, both families would have accepted it.
However, considering the circumstances, the street brawl and the later death of Tybalt,
Romeo and Juliet felt that their parents would not have been able to understand the love
between the two youths. In today's society, youth are constantly advocating the change
from total dependence on family, to their own independence. Young people often think they
know better than their parents, often believing that instead of helping them, they are
only punishing them. Romeo and juliet found that they new better then their parents, but
after realizing the wrong they caused when both committing suicide. Romeo was too young to
realize that he had to take responsibility for his actions and he had to accept the
consequences. This is one of the pitfalls that Shakespere portrayed in his play for young
love. Romeo did not understand the outcomes of his actions. He never realized this until
the damage was done. He was too involved in his love for Juliet that he didn't devote
himself to any other circumstances. Young love is often an ever-changing emotion that
enthrals adolescents. When a boy sees a beautiful girl, he often thinks that he is in
love. That is similar to the emotion Romeo experienced: "To call hers, exquisite, in
question more. These happy masks that kiss fair laidies' brow, Being black, puts us in
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