William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

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When one thinks of the word “love,” the idea of romance often comes to mind. Therefore, platonic love (non-romantic love) is often forgotten, though it is equally as strong as its romantic counterpart, and can lead to consequences much more tragic. Such is the case with William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Despite the dominating romance between the two young lovers, as the play progresses, one would realize that the platonic love of those around Romeo and Juliet, though no one can be at fault, is what actually leads the lovers to their ends. In Franco Zeffirelli’s movie rendition of the play, this underlying love is revealed as well and is shown evidently. Therefore, Zeffirelli manages to portray this love clearly, allowing the…show more content…
This love, however, contributes to the death of Romeo and Juliet because if Capulet had not delayed the wedding, Juliet would already be a wife, and would not be able to have a romantic relationship with Romeo. If Juliet did not have a relationship with Romeo, then neither of them would eventually commit suicide for each other. 1 Despite Capulet’s mistake of trying to protect his daughter, the lovers may still have been spared from death if not for the love from Friar Lawrence. Friar Lawrence’s mistake is his giving permission for Romeo to marry Juliet. Even after saying that “Young men’s love then lies/ Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes” (II, iii, 71-72), he gives permission for the marriage due to his love, which is shown by his actions (of allowing the marriage), for them and their families, as he wishes the marriage will end the hatred between the two households. This is demonstrated in his dialogue when he says: “In one respect I’ll thy assistant be...To turn your households’ rancor to pure love” (II, iii, 97-99). If Friar Lawrence had not given them permission to marry, then the lovers would either have no good reason to continue loving each other and move on (as young love often fades quickly due to it being based on attractiveness rather than true love), or they would not be obliged to conform to the roles of a husband and a wife, as one of them doing so contributes to their demises. After Tybalt’s death
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