Romeo + Juliet (Themes)

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A mind map of the main themes of Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo + Juliet (Themes)
1 LOVE
1.1 Rosaline
1.1.1 Romeo is sure that he 'loves' Rosaline
1.1.1.1 "Under loves heavy burden do I sink"
1.1.1.2 "Out of her favour where I am in love"
1.2 Romeo loves Juliet
1.2.1 'Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! / For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night"
1.2.2 "O dear account! My life is my foe's debt"
1.2.3 "Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven"
1.2.4 "Juliet is the sun"
1.3 Juliet loves Romeo
1.3.1 "O be some other name"
1.3.2 "O swear not by the moon, th'inconstant moon, /That monthly changes in her circled orb, /Lest that thy love prove likewise variable"
2 GROWTH
2.1 Juliet
2.1.1 Start
2.1.1.1 Juliet is an obedient daughter. She respects her parents and is polite
2.1.1.1.1 "I'll look to like, if looking liking move"
2.1.1.1.2 "It is an honour that I dreamt not of"
2.1.2 End
2.1.2.1 Juliet is brave when she kills herself. She doesn't consider her parents or the Nurse
2.1.3 Middle
2.1.3.1 Juliet starts to rebel. She marries Romeo without her parents knowing
2.2 Romeo
2.2.1 Start
2.2.1.1 meo is irrespoRonsible, moody, self-pitying and melodramatic
2.2.1.1.1 "And private in his chamber pens himself, /Shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight our"
2.2.1.1.2 "Out of her favour where I am in love"
2.2.1.1.3 "Under loves heavy burden do I sink"
2.2.1.1.4 "Thou canst teach me to forget"
2.2.2 End
2.2.2.1 Rash. Drinks poison. Loves Juliet
2.2.3 Middle
2.2.3.1 Romeo starts to become responsible
2.2.3.1.1 Refuses to fight Tybalt because he is Juliet's cousin
2.2.3.1.2 Marries Juliet
3 HATE/CONFLICT/DEATH
3.1 Death is also represented in love where one cannot live without the others presence in their lives even just in memory
3.1.1 "Thus with a kiss I die"
3.1.2 "O happy dagger"
3.1.3 "Ah, dear Juliet, /Why art thou yet so fair?"
3.1.4 "Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee tonight"
3.2 The two families are constantly feuding yet we don't find out why. Are they right to continue the feud throughout generations even if they don't know the reason why?
3.2.1 Tybalt vs Mercutio
3.2.2 Montague vs Capulet
3.3 Two households, both alike in dignity / In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, / From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, / Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean
3.4 Death plays a big part in Romeo and Juliet not just because it is a tragedy which we know right from the beginning how it is going to end but also death reflects the end of a long lasting feud between the two families and how something as tragic as the children's deaths is what it takes to make the two families realise that it needs to stop
4 FATE
4.1 "A pair of star cross'd lovers"
4.1.1 "Star cross'd" usually means the stars of fate were crossed
4.1.1.1 When Romeo and Juliet met at the Capulet's feast
4.1.2 From the start of the play, the pair are destined to die
4.1.3 Spoken by the chorus in the prologue
4.2 "Is it even so? Then I defy you, stars"
4.2.1 Romeo is adamant that he will not give in to the power of the stars and let them take Juliet from him
4.3 "My mind misgives / Some consequence yet hanging in the star"
4.3.1 Romeo suggests that going to the party will have dire consequences, setting in motion events that will lead to his premature death
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