“A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life” (Prologue Act I Line 6). The themes of Romeo and Juliet uncovers through the relationship of the main characters in the play. The most significant themes Shakespeare develops over the course of the play are fate, hatred and violence, and love. To begin with, fate plays a valuable role in Romeo and Juliet’s lives as well as in their deaths. Fate is demonstrated when Romeo never receives Friar Laurence’s letter. Friar Laurence is frustrated because he tries to warn Romeo that Juliet is not dead, “Meantime I writ to Romeo, That he should not hither come as this dire night, To help to take her from her borrow’d grave, Being the time the potion’s force should cease. But he which bore my
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She expresses her grief to the nurse while saying, “My only love sprung from my only hate!...Than I must love a loathed enemy.” (Act I Scene V Line 138-141). Juliet apprehends that her parents would forbid her to marry Romeo because he is the son of their worst enemy. Hatred plays a part in this scene because since the Montague and Capulet families detest one another, this in turn affects Juliet. Furthermore, violence is displayed when Romeo is bothered at Tybalt. Romeo expresses his anger towards Tybalt by saying to him, “Alive, in triumph! and Mercutio’s slain!... Staying for thine to keep him company.” (Act III Scene I Line 121-127). Romeo’s anger rages towards Tybalt after Tybalt slays Romeo’s good friend Mercutio. Romeo’s temper gets the best of him and he accidentally ends up killing Tybalt. Not only did hatred take place between the Montague and Capulet families, but it led to violence which took the lives of many.
Thirdly, the first central theme that comes to mind after hearing the title of Romeo and Juliet is the theme of love. Juliet’s passionate love for Romeo is announced the second time she sees him in Shakespeare’s famous balcony scene. Juliet expresses her love for Romeo while saying to herself, “O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse they name; Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.” (Act II Scene II Line 33-36). Juliet’s love for Romeo is so strong