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Love versus hate  - and the many forms love takes; its power to challenge hate; the impetuosity of young love; the irrationality of hate and its capacity to destroy love.

Some related scenes:

  • Act 1 Scene 1: The Capulets and Montagues fight in Verona's market-place; Romeo tells Benvolio of his unrequited love for Rosaline.
  • Act 1 Scene 5: Forgetting Rosaline, Romeo falls in love with Juliet at first sight.
  • Act 2 Scene 2: In Juliet's orchard the two lovers agree to marry.
  • Act 3 Scene 1: Tybalt fatally wounds Mercutio under the newly-wed Romeo's arm.
  • Act 3 Scene 5: Romeo and Juliet prepare to part after their wedding night.
  • Act 5 Scene 3: Romeo and Juliet commit suicide; the Prince asks the two families to reconcile.

Parents and children and the struggle of young people to make their own choices in the face of parents' vested interests.

Some related scenes:

  • The Prologue: The Chorus describes the parents' 'ancient grudge' which is the catalyst for the death of their children.
  • Act 1 Scene 1: Lord Capulet approves Paris's request to ask Juliet to marry him.
  • Act 3 Scene 5: Lord and Lady Capulet tell Juliet of their arrangements for her to marry Paris.
  • Act 5 Scene 3: Romeo and Juliet commit suicide; the parents are faced with the consequences of their ancient feud.

Chance versus choice - the inevitability and the fickleness of fate; the mixture of chance and choice in determining outcomes.
Some related scenes:

  • The Prologue: The Chorus describes the lovers as 'star-crossed'.
  • Act 1 Scene 4: As he goes to the Capulets' ball, Romeo tells of a dream he has had.
  • Act 3 Scene 3: Romeo happens upon the sword fight between Tybalt and Mercutio; his intervention results in Mercutio's death for which he kills Tybalt and calls himself 'fortune's fool'.
  • Act 5 Scene 1: Balthasar tells Romeo of Juliet's death and Friar Laurence learns that Brother John has been unable to travel to Mantua to tell Romeo that Juliet still lives.
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