As with all great drama, indeed as with all great works of art, Romeo and Juliet deals with universal themes. This is why people are still writing about the play, talking about it, and watching productions of it several centuries after it was first written and performed. Love itself is...
As with all great drama, indeed as with all great works of art, Romeo and Juliet deals with universal themes. This is why people are still writing about the play, talking about it, and watching productions of it several centuries after it was first written and performed. Love itself is universal, something that has always existed and always will so long as there are human beings on this earth with beating hearts and emotions.
But the course of true love never did run smooth, as Shakespeare himself wrote in A Midsummer Night's Dream. And as love is a universal theme, so too is forbidden love. Romeo and Juliet belong to powerful, warring families who've been involved in a long and bitter feud since time immemorial. They are not allowed to meet, let alone get married. In those days, marriages between aristocratic families were arranged. Love didn't enter into the equation at all; such marriages were strategic political alliances, nothing more.
Despite these restrictions, the two young love-birds are able to transcend the stifling conventions of their time. This is a very powerful theme, and it's one to which successive generations of young adults can readily identify.
Many young people are forbidden from spending time with those whom they love. It's often the case that they're told by their friends and family that the objects of their affection aren't good enough for them and that they should find someone else. That's pretty much the situation that Romeo and Juliet find themselves in and it's one which most people can understand, even if they've never had the same experience themselves.
The sad ending of Romeo and Juliet is famous because it shows that true love really can conquer all. Though both the young lovers die in tragic circumstances, their love does not. Their love will live on for all eternity.