Shakespeare's Romeo and Juiliet Shows the Forcefulness of Love and Fate

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“Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Do with their death bury their parents' strife. The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love, And the continuance of their parents' rage, Which, but their children's end, nought could remove, Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage; The which if you with patient ears attend, What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.” The “star-cross’d lovers” spoken of in the monologue of Romeo and Juliet, are, of course, Romeo Montague and Juliet …show more content…

Throughout almost all of act 1 Romeo is heartbroken over Rosaline, until he sees Juliet. Laying his eyes on Juliet, Romeo says “Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!” (Act 1, Scene 5) saying that Juliet was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen.
Furthermore, Romeo and Juliet’s love changes their personalities, which further contributes to the theme of love within the story. At the beginning of the play, Juliet is a young girl who is very faithful to her family, and compliant to her elders. This is exemplified in Act 1, Scene 3 when Juliet is called by the nurse and comes forth at once saying “How Now! Who calls?” and also when she refers to her mother as “Madam”. When Juliet meets Romeo, however, her faithfulness to her family is no longer the most important thing to her. Juliet’s family, the Capulet’s, and Romeo’s family, the Montagues are foes, so the mere fact that Juliet would even associate with a Montague, let alone fall in love, shows her loss of devotion to the family. Meeting Romeo also helps Juliet to mature, she changes from being passive and not wanting to love a man, to being in love and wanting to start a relationship. “My only love, sprung from my only hate.” (Act 1, Scene 5) Romeo is also matured by the relationship between him and Juliet. Romeo’s first love towards Rosaline is lustful love but when Romeo meets Juliet, it is true, passionate love that Romeo is looking for.


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