Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work.
Fate From the beginning, we know that the story of Romeo and Juliet will end in tragedy. We also know that their tragic ends will not result from their own personal defects but from fate, which has marked them for sorrow.
This accidental meeting emphasizes the importance of fate in the play. The lovers will be punished not because of flaws within their personalities but because fate is against them. Love Love is another important thematic element in the play, which presents various types of love: How do these various types of love relate to one another?
Is physical attraction a necessary component of romantic love? How can we know if love is true? Value and Doubleness Another important theme is the idea of value and doubleness.
Just as language is ambiguous, so are value judgments. Within a flower, for example lies both poison and medicine.
Similarly, the deaths of Romeo and Juliet are tragic but also bring new life to Verona. Although he tries to help the lovers, his actions lead to their suffering.
Meaning of Gender A final theme to be considered is the meaning of gender. In particular, the play offers a variety of versions of masculinity.
One example is Mercutio, the showy male bird, who enjoys quarreling, fencing and joking. Mercutio has definite ideas about what masculinity should look like.
He criticizes Tybalt for being too interested in his clothes and for speaking with a fake accent. Therefore, his happiest when Romeo rejoins his witty, crazy group of male friends: In addition, the Friar accuses Romeo of being an "[u]nseemly woman in a seeming man" and says that his tears are "womanish" III.
What is the proper role for a man? The play seems to suggest that violence is not the way.Violence and Conflict in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet, a story set in Verona Italy, tells the story of “two star crossed lovers” from two feuding families, the Capulets and Montagues.
This analysis argues that Shakespeare's theme of Love in 'Romeo and Juliet' is highly relevant today. Love’s obstacles, 'True love never does run smooth' is true as ever' writes Joshua Cabucos. Themes of Romeo and Juliet.
The themes of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare are various but the most salient feature of the story is the theme of love.
The play presents the most famous love story in the English literary tradition. When Romeo and Juliet are laid in the tomb, the feud which, for so long a time had existed between the Capulets and Montagues, is also buried in the same tomb. This is the theme of the drama.
In King Lear love is conquered by hate. The theme of love in Romeo and Juliet also extends beyond the love that Romeo and Juliet feel for each other.
All the characters in the play constantly talk about love. Mercutio thinks love is little more than an excuse to pursue sexual pleasure and that it makes a man weak and dumb. Leonard Whiting plays Romeo Montague and Olivia Hussey plays Juliet Capulet in the production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet directed by Franco Zeffirelli.
Bettmann Archive / Getty Images " Romeo and Juliet " is widely regarded as the most famous love story ever written.