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One of the most enduring love stories of all time is Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet Its popularity can be attributed to the star-crossed lovers plight to stay together against all odds Although Shakespeare died almost four centuries ago the play Romeo and Juliet is still among the worlds most widely read literary works The themes they speak of remain just as important in todays society as they were when they were written All around the world audiences have been moved by this tragic story of young love as it teaches about real life and the experiences that come with it Shakespeares plays have remained popular because of their universal themes and appealing characters Firstly Shakespeare offers deep insight into human nature his universal themes look deep at his words and teachers a great deal about morals and the world The themes in Romeo and Juliet broaden life experience and demonstrate the differences between right and wrong Even though at the end Romeo and Juliet die for one another this passion for each other attracts the viewers interest The deep themes of the characters teach people many things For example Romeo chooses to die when he believes Juliet is dead It shows that life cannot stand alone without love and that love is more important than life To Juliet Romeo is day in night to Romeo Juliet is the sun rising from the east and when they soar to loves ecstasy each alike pictures the other as stars in heaven shedding such brightness as puts to shame the heavenly bodies themselves Also Shakespeare talks about the destructiveness of hatred This theme is shown throughout the story with the family feud between the Capulets and the Montagues The Prologue page 13 states Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean it advises the audience about the danger of hatred and revenge and in some way portrays what can go wrong in a society broken by serious discords These
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