What is the true meaning of the play Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare?

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The true meaning of the Romeo and Juliet play is that hatred between two families can cause deathly effects. This play teaches the reader a lesson on prejudices. Because the Montagues and Capulets were prejudiced against each other, their hatred ultimately caused the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.

Sadly enough, it takes the deaths of Romeo and Juliet for the Montagues and Capulets to resolve their differences. By this point, it is too late to bring back the lives of two of their precious loved ones--Romeo and Juliet.

No doubt, this story is more than a sad love story. It is a story of hatred and the effects that result from it. Two families hate each other. For this reason, Romeo and Juliet have no hope. Fortunately, their deaths bring about a much needed change. The reader and the Montagues and Capulets learn a powerful lesson on prejudices. Hopefully, the lesson learned will bring about positive changes.