Romeo and Juliet Themes

Romeo and Juliet key themes:

  • In Romeo and Juliet, fate is inescapable; the “star-crossed” lovers cannot overcome the accidents and chance that lead to calamity.

  • Reckless passion, though beautiful, results in tragedy. In their haste, the lovers miss happiness by moments and kill themselves.

  • Hatred breeds disaster, and the feuding families’ blind intolerance is punished with the deaths of their children.

  • Light amid darkness features prominently in the play’s imagery, and reflects the contrast between love and hatred, hope and despair, and life and death.

  • Time plays a conspicuous role, as the lovers meet, marry, and die within days, while the characters engage in quick banter and make hasty decisions.
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