Micheal Jordan famously wrote “If you accept the expectations of others then you never will change the outcome” (Jordan). One can appreciate the context of the quote when relating it to one of William Shakespeare’s greatest work, “Romeo and Juliet”, in which two long-feuding families finally end their strife after their children defy the societal expectations, and consequently take their lives away. The two lovers struggle to live up to the expectations society demands from them, which oppose the existence of their love. For example, the audience sees Juliet challenge her family’s expectations in order to protect her relationship with her true love, Romeo. Additionally, both Romeo and Juliet challenge their gender roles in order to love freely without any opposition from society.
Shakespeare’s details in this quote distinctly show the eagerness Juliet has for Romeo, especially if she is willing to follow him the rest of her life. Romeo and Juliet want to get married but come to realize that their families will not approve of their marriage. They then choose to elope in secrecy so their families do not find out. It is obvious that Juliet will lay down her future in Romeo’s hands because of her love for him and they are motivated to do anything no matter the consequence just to be with each other. Romeo and Juliet are driven by love to keep this a secret from everyone because of the hatred between the two families and do not use their conscience to notice the consequences that will come ahead.
Romeo and Juliet, the tragic play by William Shakespeare, centers around the love story between Romeo, the young heir of the Montagues, and Juliet, the daughter of the house of Capulet. This story starts off with two opposing families of royalty, the Montagues and the Capulets. These families have a deep seeded hatred for one another that traces way back into their family’s history. Shakespeare takes his audience though a heart churning tale of two star crossed lovers. From the start Romeo and Juliet’s love seemed to be an uphill battle that they would never win even with help.
He states, " For this alliance may so happy prove,/ To turn you households' rancour to pure love." Friar Laurence advises two enemy lovers to marry each other, intending to turn the hatred between their families into love, but he doesn't realized the outcome of their marriage. Their parent's disagree to their marriage, and as a result the outcome of... ... middle of paper ... ...ua, with my letters to thy lord." By giving the responsibility of handing the letter to Romeo to someone else, he doesn't show responsibility towards the lovers and puts Romeo in serious misconception of Juliet's death which eventually leads to his death. Friar Laurence fails to plan accurately for Juliet's fake death, which ultimately leads to the death of the lovers.
The Techniques Used by Shakespeare to Keep the Audience in Interested in Romeo and Juliet The prologue reveals that there are two rich and powerful families with so much hatred for each other described as an ''ancient grudge''. It is also said that a boy has been given birth in one family and in the other family, a girl. Furthermore, the girl and the boy will be ''star crossed'' lovers, meaning something tragic and disastrous is bound to result from their love. The characters develop throughout the play by changing their attitudes and their impressions. For example, Romeo changes his attitude when catastrophe (in the form of Tybalt) strikes his friend Mercuitio.
The families of both Romeo and Juliet involve themselves in centuries of feuding. The ongoing feud between the Montagues and Capulets drives Romeo and Juliet into a life of secrecy, which ultimately causes their deaths. Youth is another theme and ties directly to how young both Romeo and Juliet are both in their age and their relationship. The story of Romeo and Juliet uses sex as a theme as well although not in the intimate details of more modern stories. The two lovers concerns are not with the wishes of their warring families, they just want to be together “Deny thy father and refuse thy name / Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn by my love / And I’ll no longer be a Capulet” (2.2.34-36).
In the play, Friar Lawrence was at fault for secretly marrying off Romeo and Juliet because he knew the feud between their two families wasn 't going to end unless he were to marry off the couple. He was delusional of this idea to marrying them off thinking that the feud will end by this marriage, saying “For this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households’ rancour into pure love" (II,iii,91-92). After the marriage between Romeo and Juliet, Friar started to notice that the marriage wasn 't the solution to fix the family feud, but made matters worse. Another reason why Friar Lawrence was at fault was because he suggested to Juliet to drink a potion on Wednesday night containing some poison to allow her to fake her death so she would be able to see and live with Romeo. As she lies deathly pale, Friar Lawrence explains to Juliet he will immediately send a message for a friend to Mantua and tell him information that she is waiting in the tomb.
This results in Romeo being blamed and getting banished from Verona. Due to the family feud Romeo and Juliet's wedding is kept a secret which ends up with a lot of conflicts. Juliet's father is forcing her to marry Paris, this is one of the major reasons why Juliet and Romeo give up their lives to be
Should people be allowed to break the set laws of society for their own desires? In the famous play “Romeo and Juliet” these laws have affected the main character Juliet in many ways. In this play these laws not only prevent her from having true happiness with Romeo, but they also force Juliet into a marriage that she does not even want. They even force her to have a fake her own death to be with her one true love; however, Juliet breaks these set laws though to have true happiness with the one she loves. Although Juliet goes against society, she does it in order to be happy with Romeo, avoid being wed to Paris, and not having to listen to her family.
Love, expounded by Shakespeare, is characterized as an overpowering force pushing Romeo and Juliet to carry out extreme actions in achieving true love. Romeo’s and Juliet’s love is not blessed nor supported by their families, but somehow, their passion for love overcomes these challenges. To maintain their secret marriage, they were willing even to abandon their family. As Juliet says, “ Deny thy father and refuse thy name,” (P34) to express her passionate love towards Romeo. Romeo soon responds, “ Neither, fair maid, if either thee dislike,” (P36).