Significant Themes Found in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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On awakening from the long slumber of the Dark Ages, the Renaissance was a time of "rebirth" of culture in Europe. Writers of the time such as Christopher Marlowe and Sir Phillip Sydney created literature that was bold and innovative. Dramatists revived and reinvented the classical traditions of the Greeks and Romans, however no one seemed to match William Shakespeare in terms of variety, profundity, and exquisite use of language (<>). Known as the most famous love story in the English literary tradition, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet tells the story of two unfortunate lovers whose deaths ultimately brings together their feuding families. In this tragedy, Shakespeare plays on the reader's emotion to portray …show more content…
(RJ 2.2.38-49)
Here Juliet' gives readers an insight of her beliefs, reveling that her love for Romeo conquers her family’s hatred towards the Montague name. It also contradicts Webster when he states, "Some say true love is based on physical appearance without a deeper understanding of a person." (<>), as Juliet clearly shows true love originates from deep feelings within. Shakespeare also brings out a sense of awe in the reader as the fate of the two lovers is portrayed. The mechanism of fate is put into work continuously throughout the play, and is first introduced by the Chorus in the opening prologue when they state: 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-crossed lovers take their life, Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Doth with their death bury their parents' strife. The fearful passage of their death-marked love And the continuance of their parents' rage, Which, but their children’s end, naught 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. (RJ Prologue)
Here the audience is not only provided with the setting, but with the exciting plot twist of the work. It is
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