In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, love is exemplified more ways that we can imagine, from the undying love of two people to parental love. Love celebrated by the protagonists with playful sonnets to express their endearment and love for one another. Love that transcends from such powerful gazes and translates into an undying love. Society’s encroachment to a very innate and fundamental aspect of our being is met with violence and death. We must not forget that the very essence of love is that you cannot control love. It is innate, a reflex if you will, and for everyone the Holy Grail of life.
In the prologue, the narrator begins with “A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life;” (prologue 6). The protagonists are being revered as celestial bodies where two planets collide in love. The reverence to the heavens signals a higher kind of love that has no bounds and is infinite as the heavens. The narrator sets us up with a glorified love that will prevail even in death. In the first scene of the play, Romeo was asked about his love. He replies, “Out of her favor, where I am in love” (1.1.173). Romeo is referring to her love, Rosaline, where he reflects on an unrequited love. While Benvolio sympathizes with Romeo’s plight and suggests to Romeo a solution to his unrequited love with Rosaline is to find a new love: “Take thou some new infection to thy eye,/And the rank poison of the old will die” (1.2.51-52). Romeo truly believes in true love even expressing
that though love is blind it still finds two total strangers to fall in love, when he says, “Alas that love, whose view in muffled still,/Should without eyes see pathways to his will” (1.1.176-177)! When Romeo finally lays eyes on Juliet, “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight,/ For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night” (1.5.59-60). It is the moment of love’s true power. Whether one may see it as love at first sight or a coincidence, to place one with another in the same time and place and at the right moment of love is truly magical and yet we question it. Let one give love a chance, a chance to speak, a chance to revel, a chance to ponder, a chance to carouse, let one give love a chance.
Parenting is another theme that is touched by the play. In the prologue, “Whose misadventured piteous overthrows/ Doth with their death bury their parents strife./ The fearful passage of their death-marked love/ And the continuance of their parents’ rage./ Which, by their children’s end, naught could remove” (prologue 7-11). The conflict between the houses, Capulet’s and the Montague’s, dictated the fate of Romeo and Juliet’s love. Their parents’, especially Juliet’s unrelenting denial of Romeo’s profession of love reflect on the quintessential question, “Do we have a right as parents to impose on our children and deny them with one of the most fundamental emotions or feelings we can ever experience, that is true love? As parents it is difficult to draw a line and prevent oneself...