Major Theme In Act I Of Romeo And Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, was one of the first plays about romantic love. In Act I of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare demonstrates different forms of love that characters face. Additionally he establishes the characters conflict and emotions towards love. These emotions acknowledge an important matter that is known throughout the world, love. Love is important because it is a universal issue that everyone relates to. Shakespeare cooperates unrequited love, false love, and ill-fated love into Act I to connect different types of audiences. These forms of love create a major theme about romantic love.
One of the forms of love Shakespeare indicates is unrequited love. Romeo ...view middle of the document...

Their unrequited love is an aspect of love that Shakespeare demonstrates to create a main theme about romantic love. Readers can tell that love can take different forms other than unrequited love.
Paris and Juliet’s false love is a condition of love that testifies a primary theme. Juliet is placed into an arranged marriage with Count Paris by her parents, but marriage, “is an honor that [she] dream not of”(I.iii.70-71). Juliet is only thirteen years old and she has not ever thought about marriage and she hardly even knows Paris. Why would one marry someone they do not love? Obviously her parents are behind all of this. Lady Capulet does not know her own daughter that well and she only wants to please Lord Capulet by convincing Juliet to the proposal of marriage. The reason why her parents have agreed to this marriage is that Paris will, “share all he doth possess/ [and] By having him, [makes Juliet look] no less”(I.iii.99-100). By marrying Paris, their family can seem more superior and they will receive more riches. Since Count Paris seems to be an attractive man, their beauty can outshine anything and Juliet would not be looked down upon others. As for Paris, he is willing to marry Juliet for her young beauty and reputation he can be known for. He seems to be using Juliet as a trophy wife. Not wanting to oppose her parents, Juliet says that she will, “look to like.../ But no more deep will [she] endart [her] eye”(I.iii.103-104). She will try to love Paris for the sake of her family, but if she does not she will not let herself fall in love with him. The Capulet’s idea of her arranged marriage signifies false love. A love for something that is partial but, not truthful. Her family wishes her to marry someone she does not love. Not all forms of love are true love, but the love of Romeo and Juliet is, with a twist.
The star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet have fallen madly in love with each other, but their ill-fated love is destined to fail. Romeo’s thoughts towards love has changed from the beginning, “for [he never] saw true beauty till”(I.v.60), the night he met Juliet. Romeo seems to be fickle. His feelings and thoughts...

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