In William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, a couple of teenagers from two houses fall in love in Verona during the Renaissance.
Unfortunately the love they have cannot live through they hate their families have for each other.
Love, in other words, resists any single metaphor because it is too powerful to be so easily contained or understood.
Romeo and Juliet does not make a specific moral statement about the relationships between love and society, religion, and family; rather, it portrays the chaos and passion of being in love, combining images of love, violence, death, religion, and family in an impressionistic rush leading to the play’s tragic conclusion.
Romeo and Juliet are plagued with thoughts of suicide, and a willingness to experience it: in Act 3, scene 3, Romeo brandishes a knife in Friar Lawrence’s cell and threatens to kill himself after he has been banished from Verona and his love.
Juliet also pulls a knife in order to take her own life in Friar Lawrence’s presence just three scenes later. This theme continues until its inevitable conclusion: double suicide.After Capulet decides that Juliet will marry Paris, Juliet says, “If all else fail, myself have power to die” (3.5.242). This tragic choice is the highest, most potent expression of love that Romeo and Juliet can make.Finally, each imagines that the other looks dead the morning after their first, and only, sexual experience (“Methinks I see thee,” Juliet says, “. It is only through death that they can preserve their love, and their love is so profound that they are willing to end their lives in its defense.The themes of death and violence permeate Romeo and Juliet, and they are always connected to passion, whether that passion is love or hate.The connection between hate, violence, and death seems obvious.Much of Romeo and Juliet involves the lovers’ struggles against public and social institutions that either explicitly or implicitly oppose the existence of their love.Such structures range from the concrete to the abstract: families and the placement of familial power in the father; law and the desire for public order; religion; and the social importance placed on masculine honor.The biggest hate and the play comes in the form of a deadly feud between the Montagu’s and the Capulet’s.They hate between the two families ultimately lead to the deaths of Romeo, Juliet and Tybalt.The passionate love between Romeo and Juliet is linked from the moment of its inception with death: Tybalt notices that Romeo has crashed the feast and determines to kill him just as Romeo catches sight of Juliet and falls instantly in love with her.From that point on, love seems to push the lovers closer to love and violence, not farther from it.