In William Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet, we follow the two young risk-taking teenagers making some of the biggest decisions of their life. Some of the decisions vary between getting married at 14, committing suicide, and leaving their family and taking on their enemy's name. All the decisions we make can be influenced by people around us, as well as the circumstances. Throughout reading this play, I tried putting my feet into some of the characters’ shoes, keeping in mind the era and situation. After finishing Romeo and Juliet I established a few similarities and differences between me and the characters. For instance differences I found was I had support from my parents with the decisions I made, and I also am able to choose my relationships. One similarity I found was our parents have high expectations. Parental expectations are essentially the way parents expect their kids to live their lives. Parents often expect their kids to be perfect. By this I mean make all the right decisions, do everything the way the parents want it to be done, and live up to their parent's standards. My parents have set very high expectations for me since I was a kid. For example, my parents have always wanted me to get good grades, they have always required me to set a good example for my little brother as well as being respectful. Juliet’s parents have high expectations for her as well her parents expect her to marry a very wealthy man, they require her to be very obedient towards
Baz Luhrmann's 1996 film, Romeo + Juliet effectively appropriates the Shakespearean 16th century love tragedy. So why has Luhrmann decided to appropriate Romeo and Juliet? By changing the context, Luhrmann effectively makes the play relevant, discussing his contextual concerns of the 1990’s. This is done through the use of themes in the film, love, family disputes and hate which have remained similar to the original play, although the way they have been presented are different, in particular the form and characters. The form has had an obvious change as the original play has been adapted into a film. Characters in the film have also been appropriated to correspond with Luhrmann's contextual concerns. Hence, Luhrmann successfully appropriates the original Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet by maintaining similar themes, but altering the form and characterisation to fit his contextual concerns.
William Shakespeare wrote over thirty plays, one of which, known as Romeo and Juliet, has been labelled the most tragic love story of all time since the early 1600s. Shakespeare’s plays continue to be reinterpreted and appreciated by modern day audiences in the 21st century. Through the entirety of its themes, Romeo and Juliet still captures the imagination of teenage audiences today. Teenagers can connect easily with the three themes in the play of parental rebellion, suicide and love and hate relationships, which are as prevalent today as they were 450 years ago.
Everyone knows the story: amidst the fighting of two families, a girl meets the guy of her dreams, within a day they are married and, later, they kill themselves. Some people believe that Romeo and Juliet promotes unacceptable behavior in teens; however, it is a very important part of the ninth grade language arts education because it has global influence and teaches lessons to people.
Emotion is a wild card in life. It almost always influences people to make bad decisions in their life, and causes harm to not only the host, but to many other people around them. In the play Romeo and Juliet, the characters Romeo, Juliet, and Tybalt are all very emotional characters which conclusively lead to all of their deaths, as well as to the deaths of many other people around them. Because of these characters newly drawn emotion, they made decisions that would have been previously considered ludicrous and idiotic. Throughout the exceptional play of Romeo and Juliet, it is ultimately proven that emotion is the enemy when it comes to decision making.
Juliet is not unlike the typical young women constantly struggling to find happiness and acceptance from those who are closest to her. Young Juliet must confront the harsh reality that exists between her and those who profess to be her friends and family, which is they failed to support her, love her, and lift her up with she needed it most. In the timeless book, “Romeo & Juliet” William Shakespeare writes a moving story about the betrayal, disappointment, love, and eventual death of Romeo and Juliet. No reader can truly appreciate and understand the level of Juliet’s struggles without first understanding the roles the Lord Capulet, Friar Lawrence and Romeo, their betrayal and their role in her faithful decision.
“Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare has been read in schools around the world ever since schools have existed. One of the characters in the play is Friar Lawrence, who makes many influential decisions that affect the story. Friar Lawrence marrying Romeo and Juliet causes more problems than it solves. Also, Friar Lawrence’s plan for Juliet to fake her death is one of the worst decisions in the play that leads to terrible tragedy. Finally, Friar Lawrence had the chance to save Juliet from killing herself after she awoke, but he gave absolutely no effort. Shakespeare used Friar Lawrence as a major driving force in the tragedy.
Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, pertains to the changes that the characters undergo. This is explored through Romeo and Juliet - two main protagonists living in Verona - who fall in love with each other, despite the great feud between their families. This significantly changes the lives of the majority of characters throughout the play. The major examples of this are Juliet and her father Lord Capulet, who both undergo significant changes. Conversely, it is also evident that there is one major exception to this, and that Romeo seems to change very little at all. Thus, the
Maturity and responsibility within individuals is revealed with the decisions and choices they make. Some individuals mature at a specific time, while others progressively mature as they age. In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Juliet is presented as a quiet and obedient teenager, however, over time she possesses a high level of inner strength which allows her to gain a maturity level featured in adults. After spending time with Romeo, Juliet goes through a rapid change into taking on her own responsibilities and becoming Romeo’s faithful wife. She starts off quiet and obedient towards her parents to becoming more confident and fearless because of her love towards Romeo, ultimately leading to a full sacrifice of her life to be with Romeo.
Deep in the mind of famous play writer William Shakespeare lies, the brilliant story of Romeo and Juliet, the story that not only captivates and thrills reader’s minds but offers insight to how a flawed relationship can end in a tragedy. Unfortunately, due to sin, all relationships including that of Romeo and Juliet’s have their ups and downs. Today the most commonly known flawed relationship is the relationship between a teenager and parent. Perhaps this is because of opposing ideas or lack of communication but never the less the true weakness will always fall back to sin. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet offers exceptional examples of relational hardships which include rebellion, communication, and parental love, issues all modern teen
Once again, the rebellious nature of teenagers could come into play; Capulet wants Juliet to marry Paris but she remains stubborn. This is also a great example of how the parents in the play pay little notice to what their children want. In this scene Juliet makes it obvious that her happiness doesn't lie with Paris yet her father ignores this and tells her to marry him or be disowned.
In Romeo and Juliet, two nieve teenagers fight with their families, disown themselves, and eventually commit suicide over their ill-advised affections for one another. No matter the time gap, teenagers will always make irrational and thoughtless decisions, whether it be in Romeo and Juliet or this day and time. Despite the fact there is a cultural divide between Romeo and Juliet and the present, overall, This play is correspondent to the twenty first century student
For most of the play, it is the Nurse whom Juliet communicates or discloses with, which shows that Juliet was suffering from a lack of communication with her parents, which is really relevant in today's society. Parents nowadays don't try to be the greatest parents, which means that the parents don't spend a lot of time with their children and most of the time they let their child be handled by their maids. Parents form a very distant relationship between their kids when they don't give as much time to their kids and the maids on the other hand tend to form a stronger bond. The teenagers in Romeo & Juliet are very similar to teenagers today. Every teenager has fallen in love and has done something foolish for it.
The play “Romeo and Juliet” is a comedy turned tragedy. Written during the Elizabethan era, by William Shakespeare in 1596. The play is renowned for its tale of star crossed lovers from opposing families. Although the play is written from Romeo’s point of view, we see Juliet’s character progress through different stages in the play unlike Romeo’s character, who for the most part stays the same. The play shows Juliet develop from an (1) obedient child to a (2) disobedient child; to a (3) strong young lady making her own decisions.
Romeo and Juliet, a classic play by William Shakespeare, is known to many as a tragedy. But what makes this play tragic? Audiences favor this story because of the emotions evoked from a tale of love that sees two young souls torn apart. However, Romeo and Juliet when under my own definition of tragedy, does not resemble a tragic play. While the death of Mercutio and the deaths of Romeo and Juliet seem tragic, the story does not show one failing when trying to reach their full potential, instead the audience sees a forbidden love and death as a result, which does not demonstrate tragedy. Instead, Romeo and Juliet face flaws from within their families and society, forcing them to stay apart due to conflict. While both Romeo and Juliet try to reach the goal of being together and fail, the flaws of others cause the conflict, not the flaws of themselves. My definition surrounds the idea that the flaws of oneself leads to his or her demise, meaning that the play misses a key characteristic of the definition of tragedy. Both characters seem to die a “tragic death,” however, their death can only be considered sad or upsetting, especially to the audience. This play instead consists of somber scenes that show aspects of a tragedy, but not enough to place this play in a tragic category in the classic definition or in my own definition because the flaws of the main characters do not cause the fall of the characters as they try to reach their full potential. If a character who fell as a