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Romeo and Juliet Themes

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Kayla Smart

on 7 January 2013

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Transcript of Romeo and Juliet Themes

Romeo and Juliet-Themes and Ideas
Star Crossed Lovers Passion Can Overtake Reason and
Common Sense. Immaturity and inexperience can lead to tragic endings.
Innocent children sometimes pay for the sins of their parents.
Social Status The Powers of Fate Possible Topic Possible Topic So powerful is the love between Romeo and Juliet that it subjugates reason and common sense as guiding forces.
True, their love has helped them achieve a level of maturity beyond their years, but it has also caused them to take dangerous risks. They were out of control in their own lives.

What are 3 poor choices Romeo and Juliet made that led to their untimely deaths? This theme, reaches its full development when callow Romeo and Juliet, believing all is lost, act out of the passion of the moment and commit suicide.
If they had had the wisdom to consider that their whole lives lay before them, that other paths lay open to them, they surely would have embraced a different solution to their problem.

What are some acts of immaturity that both Romeo and Juliet commited that led to their tragic deaths? Romeo and Juliet forfeit their lives partly as a result of their parents' hatred and prejudice.  

Being born into these families of hate, did Romeo/Juliet have any choice in how they dealt with their situation? Or did FATE play a major role? The force of Fate seems all-powerful It is as if human beings are puppets who have no control over their actions.
From the very beginning, Romeo and Juliet are "star-cross'd" as children of "fatal loins”.
But Shakespeare knows that the events leading to tragedy cannot be explained away so simply.
Human beings have free will; they have the power to create their futures.
Unfortunately, too often they lack the wisdom or moral strength to make the right decisions and, instead, pursue a path which seems "fated" for disaster. 
Don't judge a person by his name or social standing.
Judge him by his personal qualities and merits.

As Juliet observes in Act II, Scene II: “What's in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other word would smell as sweet” (47-48).  
Who is responsible for the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet? Consider Romeo and Juliet, all the characters involved in their getting married and their demise, and the town --  Verona, where so many die because of the Capulet/Montague feud.
Write an essay about one of the main characters in Romeo and Juliet. Explain the characteristics and personality of the character.  Some things to consider.  How did the character relate to other characters in the play?  What role did the character play in the Tragedy of  Romeo and Juliet?  Did the character have a character flaw? 
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