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Romeo and Juliet. Notes. Themes. There are many themes in Romeo and Juliet: we’ll look at the major ones here. Some themes contradict each other-it’s up to you to decide which ones are true, and to find evidence to support your position. Love. Love VS Hate

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Themes
Themes

  • There are many themes in Romeo and Juliet: we’ll look at the major ones here. Some themes contradict each other-it’s up to you to decide which ones are true, and to find evidence to support your position.


Love

  • Love VS Hate

    • The play contrasts Romeo and Juliet’s love against their families’ hate as illustrated by the feud

    • In the Prologue, we’re told that their love is stronger than the hatred of the feud, but it’s a bitter stuggle.

    • Hatred is strong enough to separate the lovers, kill Mercutio, Tybalt and Paris, banish Romeo, and finally force Romeo and Juliet to commit suicide

    • But love is even stronger: nothing can kill the love between Romeo and Juliet, and this finally triumphs


Love cont
Love, cont

  • False Love VS True Love

    • At the beginning of the play, Romeo’s lost in a false love for Rosaline. He doesn’t know her or have any relationship with her, so he’s created artificial feelings about her.

    • The Nurse and Mercutio also have false or incomplete ideas about true love. They both link it exclusively to sex.

    • Romeo and Juliet’s love is a pure, true love. They love each other emotionally, spiritually, and sexually.

    • They are committed to each other in marriage, and are willing to die rather than be unfaithful to one another.


Romantic love
Romantic Love

  • This play is a wonderful example of Courtly Love or Romantic Love. Until the end of the 14th century, the idea of marrying for love was almost unheard of. Marriages were arranged for social, economic and political reasons.



  • The whole idea was to be pure and to pine away for someone had very strict rules: the woman with whom the man chose to be in love had to be unobtainable (if she was married to someone else, that was good: if she died, that was even better), and both of the romantic lovers must be chaste.

  • This is exactly what Romeo is doing for Rosaline at the beginning of the play


Romeo and juliet test review
Romeo and Juliet-Test Review had very strict rules: the woman with whom the man chose to be in love had to be unobtainable (if she was married to someone else, that was good: if she died, that was even better), and both of the romantic lovers must be chaste.

  • 1) Be familiar with ALL characters (major and minor)-know names and brief descriptions.

  • 2) Know the plot line of each Act.

  • 3) Use voice, content, word choice, and sentence fluency to interpret a quote and visual.


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