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Was Romeo and Juliet really a love story? Were they both just stupid and desperate? Was it okay to have Romeo, suspected to be at least 17, fall in love with 13 year old Juliet? I’m interested to see what people think. Also, I’ve put a poll, but please go more in-depth in the replies than just a click of a button!
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Shakespeare wanted couples to appreciate their love together. People complain how they face problems that ruin their relationships that force them to separate from each other. Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet to explain the worst possible scenario lovers can find themselves in. Romeo and Juliet both are from families that hate each other, they face the fact that Romeo kill Juliet’s cousin, and that they have know each other for no over a week. This is possibly the worst situation that couples can find themselves in, the play tells the reader no matter what, true love will always come through. Anyone can write about a perfect loving couple’s story but writing about the worst takes skill. There is more of a challenge, but this is for a higher purpose. If people saw what could be worst they would appreciate their own relationship. Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet based on parts of real life; he bases his characters on emotions and feelings of people while in love. Benvolio represents calm, order, and peace of mind. Mercutio represents the happy side and joking part of the relationship; he also represents the hate one might feel in love and the problems. This is made by the fact that Mercutio’s Queen Mab speech, which he explains love as vile. Tybalt represents the anger and violence of couples in a relationship, his mood is seen as angry and violent, such as how a relationship might get.
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Shakespeare wanted couples to appreciate their love together. People complain how they face problems that ruin their relationships that force them to separate from each other. Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet to explain the worst possible scenario lovers can find themselves in. Romeo and Juliet both are from families that hate each other, they face the fact that Romeo kill Juliet’s cousin, and that they have know each other for no over a week. This is possibly the worst situation that couples can find themselves in, the play tells the reader no matter what, true love will always come through. Anyone can write about a perfect loving couple’s story but writing about the worst takes skill. There is more of a challenge, but this is for a higher purpose. If people saw what could be worst they would appreciate their own relationship. Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet based on parts of real life; he bases his characters on emotions and feelings of people while in love. Benvolio represents calm, order, and peace of mind. Mercutio represents the happy side and joking part of the relationship; he also represents the hate one might feel in love and the problems. This is made by the fact that Mercutio’s Queen Mab speech, which he explains love as vile. Tybalt represents the anger and violence of couples in a relationship, his mood is seen as angry and violent, such as how a relationship might get.
Whoa, that’s an incredible answer! I genuinely hadn’t seen that much in it before, with the Mercutio and Tybalt bits especially. Thanks! I may actually take this POV for my upcoming analysis of the story in English... (I won’t plagiarise or anything, of course, just the idea that they kind of most characters represent different parts of what could go on in a relationship). I also like that you pointed out how Shakespeare is very skilled to write the non-perfect couple, it is one of the things I admire him for that not many people (from what I have read) take into account.
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Whoa, that’s an incredible answer! I genuinely hadn’t seen that much in it before, with the Mercutio and Tybalt bits especially. Thanks! I may actually take this POV for my upcoming analysis of the story in English... (I won’t plagiarise or anything, of course, just the idea that they kind of most characters represent different parts of what could go on in a relationship). I also like that you pointed out how Shakespeare is very skilled to write the non-perfect couple, it is one of the things I admire him for that not many people (from what I have read) take into account.
Awww thank you!! OMG I love Shakespeare texts, he's a brilliant writer and I love everything that he's written.
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It's an epic love story - but Shakespeare was kind of satirising the fact that young people/teenagers fall 'in love' so quickly and how overdramatised they see their lives because of their raging hormones. Romeo is just getting over Rosaline when he sees Juliet and falls so deeply, but at the same time that infamous fish-tank scene (movie) or even in the play when they first meet is absolute art. They then break every single rule together again because they're impetuous and young and get married in a matter of hours!

Anyway I could talk about it forever but basically I think it's absolutely amazing.
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Awww thank you!! OMG I love Shakespeare texts, he's a brilliant writer and I love everything that he's written.
Yes he is an incredible writer, possibly the best in at least English history (there’s others I love of course but he has to be unrivalled). People in my school seem to find him quite boring because it can be quite hard to understand the older English words, but I like the challenge of either just working it out or researching the meaning :-)
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Yes he is an incredible writer, possibly the best in at least English history (there’s others I love of course but he has to be unrivalled). People in my school seem to find him quite boring because it can be quite hard to understand the older English words, but I like the challenge of either just working it out or researching the meaning :-)
I 100% agree with you!! It's nice to meet someone who enjoys Shakespeare writing just as much as do :five:
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