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What is the moral behind the story in Romeo and Juliet?

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marlon | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 22, 2009 at 12:38 AM via web

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What is the moral behind the story in Romeo and Juliet?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 22, 2009 at 12:49 AM (Answer #1)

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Overall, I'd say the moral of Romeo and Juliet is that excessive emotions are bad and that it's better to be calm and rational.  Here are some ways I think that is shown in the play.

First and foremost, the feud between the Capulets and Montagues is not rational and is taken too far.  If the two families would have been less caught up in their emotions, Romeo and Juliet might have been allowed to marry openly and not end up dying.  The two families realize this at the end of the play.

I think this theme is also present in the interaction between the two young lovers.  If they had not rushed into things (the marriage, Romeo's suicide) things might have been different.  But they were in a hurry, swept up in their emotions.

So I'd say a major message you can take away from this play is to not be swept up in emotions and thereby caused to do rash things.

 

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rmolina010 | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 19, 2010 at 3:27 AM (Answer #2)

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True love conquers all. You should put aside flaws if you truly love someone no matter what.

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Posted October 22, 2009 at 3:18 AM (Answer #3)

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