The theme of love is prevalent in most of Shakespearean writing,especially in one of his most famous writings,Romeo and Juliet .It is the theme of love that in Romeo and Juliet, causes two enemies children to become star-crossed lovers.And theme of friendship,which eventually results in this play becoming a tragedy .
Love is first portrayed when romeo infatuated with Rosaline and is confused using oxymoron’s such as ‘o brawling love,o loving hate ‘.After beholding Juliet, Romeo’s view of love changes , as he stops thinking of love in a bad way as he felt pain due to Rosalines rejection; and begins to compare it to a religion . Romeo expresses this in many places in act 1 scene 5, he says ‘saints have hands that pilgrims hands do touch’.
Then at Capulet’s orchard(act 2 scene 2),the famous balcony scene, lines 34-57,they converse almost unaware of each other:’deny thy father and refuse thy name;And i’ll no longer be a Capulet. What is in a name?That which we call a rose By any other word would smell as sweet;My name,dear saint is hateful to myself,Had I written it, I would tear the word.It shows the depths of their love,they are prepared to leave everything,even their identities ,to be in each others lifelong company.
Romeo is an ardent friend to his cousin Benvolio, Mercutio, and Friar Lawrence. Romeo and Mercutios friendship is filled with humor and is frivolous with care but isn’t shown emotionally .’Nay, gentle romeo ,we must have you dance’,his care is shown by his way of trying to cheer up Romeo.Romeos and Benvolios friendship is filled with emotion and care is shown through emotionally. It is in actuality romeos and Mercutios friendship that leads to Tybalts death and romeos banishment.
Juliet and the Nurse might be compared to two very close friends, who share everything. Had the Nurse been like a parent (even though she literally nursed Juliet) she would have been more disciplinary. But their friendship goes on the verge of extinction in act 3 scene 5 when the nurse advises her to forget Romeo and marry Paris .
In this tragedy love and friendship are the main causes of the deaths of Mercutio,Tybalt and the destruction of the star -crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet .However ,it also resulted in the union of the Montague’s and the Capulet’s.