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Romeo and Juliet
In Romeo and Juliet, love is a violent and overpowering force that goes before all either values loyalties and emotion.
After the party Romeo abandons Mercutio and Benvolio to goes and meet Juliet again, this is being disloyal to his friends but he does this because there love is so overpowering. Juliet is prepared to abandon her family name in marrying Romeo, “deny thy father and refuse thy name or if thou will not, be but name my love and I’ll no longer be a Capulet”. This proves that their love is very strong and that there willing to give up every thing to be together, they’re family and their friends.
After Romeo first kisses Juliet she says to him you kiss by the book this means without feelings and no passion so he leans in again and gives her a proper kiss with passion and real feelings. By doing this she brings out the real feelings in Romeo and not something that he has read in a book.
In the play there is a lot of religious and astronomical belief for example “star-crossed lovers”, “o then dear saint”, “ a like bewitched by the charms of looks”. But this is confusing because even though they are very religious they believe in the stars, which the church wound not like.
Religion demands priorities that Romeo and Juliet cannot abide by because of the intensity of there love. A Christian thing they do is getting married and a unchristian thing was to kill Tybalt and themselves.
Masculine honour plays a big part in the play Romeo withholds his masculine honour by getting his revenge and killing Tybalt because Tybalt killed his friend Mercutio.
Love and death are closely associated in the play in 3.3 they are willing to take there lives. When they take their lives they preserve there love and defend the individual against society. Much of the play involves the lover’s struggles against public and social institutions that oppose the existence of their love. Every institution is against them there family, police and friends.
In there acts of killing I think that Juliet was more committed by stabbing her self because it would have had to take a lot for courage and guts because you no it will hurt and that it will take some thing for you to sit a bleed to death in pain and agony rather that swallowing poison.
Juliet had to risk a lot for there love and marriage because in those days the fathers were in control of who there daughter married and made all the decisions like that for them. Romeo and Juliet always refer to the night because they use it to hide their love affair.
The particular power structure inherent in renaissance families wherein the father controls the actions of all other family members, particularly women, places Juliet in an extremely vulnerable position.
Her father wants her to marry Paris so that he can expand his empire and so that his daughter is well looked after also the daughters had a dowry to make them more attractive to men that her father would pick from if he though they were suitable for his daughter.
I think that they both were equally committed in their love affair because they both have to give up things Romeo gives up friends and Juliet give up her family. Also In the act of killing themselves they weren’t even married for a week. I don’t think that love is that powerful and that it was a waste of two good lives.
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Characters in Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, Literature, Film, English-language films, British films, Italian films, Juliet, Mercutio, Count Paris, Tybalt, Benvolio
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