Romeo and Juliet contains themes that are still applicable today. Discuss.

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"The course of true love never did run smooth," as Shakespeare wrote in A Midsummer Night's Dream. There are potentially innumerable obstacles to love's fulfillment, not the least of which is parental disapproval. Family life may be radically different in this day and age from what it was back in Romeo and Juliet's day, but parents still have the ability to mess up their children's love lives.

Of its very nature, love is transcendent; it rises above the everyday world in which we all live, move, and have our being. Among other things, this means that it potentially subverts established social and familial structures as it so emphatically does in Romeo and Juliet . Love as depicted in the play, and as experienced by millions of young lovers ever since, is in this world, but not of it; it is heavenly, not earthly. This gives those fortunate enough to have experienced such powerful, intoxicating emotions a brief glimpse into another dimension of human existence, one that may be thwarted or...

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