A Fictional Love Story

Romeo and Juliet, probably one of the most famous love stories of all time by the great William Shakespeare. Why is this story from the 15th century still told now and what is it even about? What lots of people don’t know, is that Romeo and Juliet is actually a tragedy, and the definition of a tragedy would go along the lines of a classification of drama which includes a protagonist who may be flawed in some way, placed in a situation and ends with a fatal conclusion. Yes, that means Romeo and Juliet ends badly in case you haven’t heard already.I’m going to try not to spoil it for you if you haven’t read it yet but lets just leave it at, there’s a lot of deaths.(There will probably be spoilers though, you have been warned) This said love story is also quite challenging to interpret and understand as with almost all things written by Shakespeare being that he wrote in the 15th century.(so you can imagine things were a lot different back then) so you might want to have an extensive vocabulary on Shakespearean language before you read Romeo and Juliet. Why is it though, that this fictional, tragic love story inspire people who are actually in love? I mean, you do notice lots of people using “Romeo and Juliet” as a term to say two people deeply in love and I guess that makes sense because their love for each other was so great, even to death they loved each other. It also seems this tragedy is talked about by many English majors, and the meanings of certain things in the play are still debated on whether Shakespeare meant this or that. Honestly why can’t we ever just say he wanted to write this certain part because he wanted to? Not because there was a deeper meaning to it. Anyways, maybe you will enjoy the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet, or you may not, but for sure, this fictional play will change your perspectives on love.

Photo © Michelle B. (CC BY-ND 2.0)

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