Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet
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  • Act 1, Scene 3- Young vs. Old
  • Marry, that ‘marry’ is the very theme I came to talk of. Tell me, daughter Juliet, daughter Juliet, How stands your disposition to be married?
  • It is an honour that I dream not of.
  • Act 2, Scene 2- Young vs. Old
  • Art thou not Romeo, and a Montague?
  • Neither fair maid, of either thee dislike.
  • Act 2, Scene 3- Young vs. Old
  • So soon forsaken? Young men’s love then lies, Not truly in their heart, but their eyes
  • Then plainly know my heart’s dear love is set, On the fair daughter of rich Capulet
  • Explanation 1
  • [WHAT IS HAPPENING] In  act 1  scene 3, Lady Capulet is trying to convince Juliet to marry Paris and asks her stance on the marriage. Unfortunately, Juliet does now want to get married to Paris. [HOW THEME IS SHOWN] This relates to the theme of young versus old because the views of young Juliet and her old mother conflict. Her mother wants Juliet to follow the tradition of getting married at a young age but Juliet does not think it is right for her to get married at that age. Juliet wants to have some more time for herself before she gets handed off to someone she doesn’t really know or love. [WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT THEME]This says the perspective of different generations vary greatly which may cause conflict.
  • Explanation 2
  • [WHAT IS HAPPENING] Act 2 scene 2 is the balcony scene in which Romeo and Juliet profess their love for each other and they talk about how they would disown their family name for each other. [HOW THEME IS SHOWN] This relates to the theme of old vs. young because it talks about how they are both willing to give up their names which have been passed down to them from many years. This breaks the tradition of being associated with their family which dictates their status in society. [WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT THE THEME] It says that the newer generation are willing to give up something they have been associated with for so long for something new they just discovered. The theme also shows that younger people and older people may have different opinions on the same topic because they have grown up at different times with different things around them.
  • Explanation 3
  • [WHAT IS HAPPENING]   In act 2 scene 3, Romeo tells the Friar that he loves Juliet now and not Rosaline because of which the Friar tells Romeo that he made a hasty decision. He also says that Romeo only cared about how the girls looked and not what they are actually like. [HOW THEME IS SHOWN] The theme is shown to describe how the Friar is more wise and experienced causing him to give advice to Romeo about finding true love not based on the looks of the person. [WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT THEME] This says that it is sometimes useful to listen to elders because they have more experience in certain aspects of life. Elders can give beneficial advice especially during the time of a problem if needed because they may have already experienced this situation.
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