Romeo and Juliet Questions and Answers
by William Shakespeare

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What has the reader learned from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet? I am unsure of what to write about....maybe we learn that we should not love a person so much so that can last longer??

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Let us examine your statement:  "Maybe we learn that we should not love a person so much so that the relationship can last longer?"  This statement underscores precisely the theme of one of Friar Laurence's didactic speeches.  In Act II, Friar Laurence instructs Romeo,

These violent delights have violent ends,

And in their triumph die, like fire and powder

Which as they kiss consume.  The sweetest honey

Is loathsome in his own deliciousness

And in the taste confounds the appetite.

Therefore, love moderately, long love doth so,

Too swift arrives, as tardy as too slow. (9-15)

Clearly, your statement touches upon the response in the previous post; that is--to use academic language--the theme of impetuosity.  For, this theme is prevalent throughout the play as almost every character exhibits irrational haste, even the Friar himself as, in fear, he runs from Juliet 's tomb leaving her alone.  So, stay with your original idea and develop it, since often our initial reactions to a literary...

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Romeo and Juliet teaches some moral lessons about lying to ones parents.  The two young lovers defy their parents wishes and arrange a way to be married behind their backs.  As a result they make some foolish choices that end up  in their death.

Not all people who care about you have the right answer.  The adults in Romeo and Juliet's life did not really help the situation.  The Friar especially made it worse when he had intended to help.  Use of the potion was a catalyst in the young lover's death.

Revenge is not all that it is cracked up to be.  There are entirely too many hot tempered responses in reference to avenging one person from the two sets of fueding families.

Don't wait until the crisis hasbecome intolerable before forgiving one another.  Had the families been able to see through their bitter rivalry, the two lovers would still be alive.