Essay on The Tragedy Of Romeo And Juliet

1966 Words Apr 26th, 2016 8 Pages
A tale so old, studied so often, yet greatly misunderstood by the masses. This is the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. This four hundred year old play has been adapted countless times, yet society has failed to understand this amazing literature. Modern culture has accepted the story of Romeo and Juliet as the perfect example of true love, but the truth is far from it. The play is in fact, a tragedy caused by lust and at most, immature hormonal driven love. The oddity would be Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet. Baz Luhrmann’s Interpretation of this tragedy syncs in with the theme that Shakespeare intended to show his audience. To better understand how Baz Luhrmann reinforced the theme of Romeo and Juliet, it is important to have a grasp on the theme itself. Based on the evidence that will be shown in the two scenes, it can be inferred that Luhrmann believed the theme to be: young love is simply lust. The meaning of this theme is that what we humans believe love at first sight, or true and foremost love to be is simply a false misunderstanding. Love is often confused with lust as Friar Lawrence told Romeo,
“Is Rosaline, whom thou didst love so dear,
So soon forsaken? Young men 's love then lies
Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes. (Act 1. Scene 3.66-69)” Lust is the strong sexual desire for someone while Love is the deep emotional connection that is formed over time. Therefore, young love is simply a disguise of lust, and can often lead one to undesired circumstances.…

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