Why is love an important theme in Romeo and Juliet?please explain to me why is it important...

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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That love is a stronger force than all the animosity and forces of fate in Romeo and Juliet is evinced in the final lines of the play as the Prince addresses the citizens of Vernona, "A glooming peace this morning with it brings" after the deaths of their children, the Capulets and Montagues
ameliorate their differences and Capulet raises a statue in pure gold of his daughter to her lasting memory.

Throughout the five-act drama, the beauty of the play comes from the dramatic conventions of courtly love verses and couplets of love such as those found in the famous balcony scene of Act II.

As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
See how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek!(2.2.20-25)

Furthermore, love is counterbalanced with hate in the light/dark imagery and in speeches such as that of Romeo to Tybalt in Act III when the new husband of Juliet tries to pacify the inflamed Tybalt against his murderous intentions and as Juliet mourns the deaths of her cousin Tybalt and her anger at her new husband for having slain Tybalt.  Clearly, love overtakes Juliet's thinking as in Act III, Scene V Juliet thinks of her plan to avoid marrying Paris rather than listening to the Nurse,

Well, thou hast comforted me marvellous much.
Go in; and tell my lady I am gone,
Having displeas'd my father, to Laurence’ cell,
To make confession and to be absolv'd  (3.5.242-245)

Likewise, Romeo's intense love for Juliet is the driving force of all his actions throughout Shakespeare's drama.  Rather than consider his safety, he climbs the orchard wall--"he jests at scars that new felt a wound"--in the mere hope of seeing Juliet; he risks his life in returning from Mantua to ascertain if Juliet is indeed dead as Balthasar has reported. Truly, love is a strong theme in the beautiful, yet poignant tale of Romeo and Juliet.

 

 

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missyanyan | Student | (Level 1) Honors

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Because through all their troubles with family conflicts and etc, they still managed to fight for their love for one another and therefore is one if the most important themes of Romeo and Juliet.

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