Romeo and Juliet

The main themes of the play

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love as a theme

What is love shown to be in the play?

In Romeo and Juliet, love is a violent, ecstatic, overpowering force that supersedes all other values, loyalties, and emotions. Love in Romeo and Juliet is a brutal, powerful emotion that captures individuals and catapults them against their world, and, at times, against themselves.

What do the lovers give up to be in love?

Friends, families and their ruler (the prince)

How is love described in the play?

  • Too powerful to be described.
  • a type of magic
  • almost like an religion
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The theme of love continued

Love and Violence

  • These are closely linked from the start of the play.
  • There are many threats of suicide from Romeo and Juliet.
  • The passion of love leads to extreme acts and evern to the point of killing others or oneself.

Love is a destructive force in the play.

It is irrisistable and although it will destroy them both neither Romeo and Juliet can stop themselfs being swept away by its power.

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