Romeoand Juliet Culture
Theplay “Romeo and Juliet” by Shakespeare is one of the pieces ofwriting that illuminates on the aspects of culture which areprevalent in the current society. In the first sight, it centers onthe controversial issues of love which exist in the modern times.Throughout the play the writer displays the themes of hate and lovein distinct ways. Through the use of symbolism and other stylisticdevices the writer has vividly brought out the meaning of the play.At the start of the play, the writer presents a sonnet, a choruswhich draws the minds of the audience for a tragic happening throughthe use of adjectives .Shakespeare states that the two star crossedlovers have taken their life. This clearly gives insight to theaudience on how the relationship between Juliet and Romeo will end.Despite the obstacles which the readers face in making aninterpretation of the language used, still the play remains relevantfor many generations.
Beingthe most outstanding love play, it elucidates on romantic loveespecially for the exquisite passion which stirs up when Romeo andJuliet meets at the first place. In the two characters, love becomesa strong force which surpasses other virtues. The two are triggeredto reject their family members and break the ties which exist betweenthem and other members. (“Denythy father and refuse thy name,” Juliet asks, “Or if thou wiltnot, be but sworn my love, / and I’ll no longer be a Capulet”)(Shakespeare, Evans and Praetorians, 45).Romeo is also seen to leavehis friends after a party and goes to the vineyard of Juliet. Afterhis exile he escapes to Verona for the sole aim of meeting his lover.The love in the two characters seems to be brutal as they are swayedagainst themselves. The romantic relationship is described throughthe use of several metaphors implying that it is too strong tocomprehend. However the play does not give an articulate moralstatement concerning love relationship. Instead, it reflects on theinfatuations and passions which are prevalent in relationships andconcludes by giving an illumination on how love can end in a tragicway.
Violenceand death as the facets of the society also emerge in the play. It isironical that love and violence in the play seem to be connected. Asthe love between the two becomes strong, it is paramount to note thatviolence heightens. For instance, both characters secretly think ofcommitting suicide. In the third act of the same scene, Romeoattempts to kill himself while in the cell. Similarly, Julietthreatens to murder herself in the fifth scene. When Capulet forcesher to marry Paris she denies saying that if she can’t marry Romeothen death has to take her. (Shakespeare,Evans and Praetorius, 242).The theme of death is also shadowed wheneach of the lovers think that the other one is dead after theirintimate encounter for the first time. It is through death that thetwo can maintain their love.
Thestruggle between individuals and society also emerges as societalaspects act as obstacles to the love of the two. The fact that thetwo families are not in good terms acts as a barrier but Romeo andJuliet goes against the forces of the society .Markedly, the power ofpatriarch is coherent in the play as illustrated in the case ofJuliet in that her father is the controller of the family. Religionalso contains the laws which the two must follow, however themagnitude of their love is so intense that they cannot manage toabide by the rules.
Thewriter of the play uses symbolism to convey important message. In thesecond act Friar Lawrence points out that stones and plants possesstheir certain and unique characteristics. He further argues that anobject t can be used in accomplishing wanted and unwanted tasks.According to him, Poison is not evil in its innate nature but it is asubstance manufactured by human beings. For instance, the poisongiven to Juliet is to mirror the occurrence of death but its effectsintensify when it kills Romeo though committing of suicide. Thissymbolizes how people can cause death unwillingily.It alsoilluminates on how people can good things to fatal. For example, thelove of the two characters is turned to poison.
Fromthe above illustrations, it is vivid to point out that the play Romeoand Juliet is relevant even in the current society. Culture, religionand race are inherent barriers which hinder people from fosteringtheir relationships. It can therefore apply to the circumstanceswhich surround people. Many people are hindered from marrying theones they love by their family members. A moral lesson which can bedrawn from the play is that cultural aspects should not prevent usfrom being with the ones we love. Through the use of symbolism andother stylistic devices, Shakespeare succeeded in portraying theimage of love. He made the audience to sympathize with the two loversas their love is interfered with various factors.
Julietmeditating on Romeo (ORomeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Shakespeare,William, Herbert Arthur Evans, and Charles Praetorius. Romeo AndJuliet. London: C. Praetorius, 1887. Print.