Romeo and Juliet, considered the greatest love of all.
I believe in love at first sight, somewhat. But oh dear, Romeo was confessing love for another lady who he barely knew as well, then a couple of hours later stumbling into Juliet and falling in love.
They fell in love, had sex, Romeo and Juliet eloping with God, their crossing stars, and Nurse as their witnesses, families literally killing each other because their “forbidden love” Then killing themselves the next day. Really?
Shakespeare was brilliant don’t get me wrong with Macbeth, Julies Ceaser, and many more.
I definitely believe society has changed the meaning of love, and today there are not really two specific families (other than religions, races, gangs) at war today (that i know of). I’m sure Romeo and Juliet was brilliant hundreds of years ago, when people discovered it, and when no one really knew what love was. The only reasons I think that love was love is way back then in 1597 (when written), when people almost always had arranged marriages for money/animals/property, when the last infamous marriages was from the also selfish, Henry VIII who killed his wives because they couldn’t bare him sons, when girls got married a couple of years after they entered the double digit ages (10-99). But is it still brilliant today? Should it still be taught in schools? Should it still be considered the greatest love of all?
Oh I promise. I believe in love. I believe in marriage and happiness. I believe in Hazel Grace & Augustus, Baby & Johnny (Dirty Dancing), and Carl & Ellie. I believe in what loneliness could do to you, with the poor sad Creature from Frankenstein. He definitely shouldn’t have killed all the innocent loved ones of Victor Frankenstein but he only wanted love and to be loved by absolutely anyone, especially his selfish dad and creator, Mr. Frankenstein just because he was very big, yellowish hue, and many scars, no one at all accepted him, no one gave him one single chance. That is scary but he also saved a little girl from drowning, and once seen by her father, he tries to kill him. That is no reason to kill though. (If you also want my thoughts of The Creature and Frankenstein, let me know, I would love to interpret one of my favorite books)
I just don’t believe in Romeo and Juliet’s love. Did they know each others flaws, other than their physical flaws. Did they know each others tiny little quirks? Did they even have at least a couple of common interests? Everything was recorded, but not those things. I mean they didn’t even know each others names. And they were both so incredibly selfish. I mean deaths within their families, and it seemed like they didn’t care like I would have. And sad families at the end because their own deaths they those to take for each other, yet 4 days ago they didn’t know they existed, I find it cowardly! I know what love can do to you, forget whats happening around you, make you feel butterflies 24/7 but do you really have no sense of life?
- they barely knew each other.
- falling in love within hours,
- eloping less than 24 hours
- 2 family members dying (Tybalt & Mercutio)
- killing themselves.
All for their one night stand love,
their “star crossed love”
all while Juliet’s dad was planning her wedding to Paris (which she knew about)
time span: 4 days.
I just don’t think that love still deserves to be worshiped, there are plenty of other love stories to be fond of. And yet today, brilliant directors with amazing actors and producers are still making Romeo & Juliet movies such as 1. Franco Zeffierelli’s (1968) 2. Baz Luhrmann’s (1996) 3. Carlo Carlei’s (2013) versions and many other peoples adaptations like West Side Story, and a family friendly version Gnomeo & Juliet. Trying to outdo the last with new technology, graphics and resources. With the same Shakespeare dialogues and language, The same endings. The same people, places. Thank you for spending more money just to outdo each other, with a storyline everyone knows.
I’m not sorry if I hurt anyone’s feelings telling you that today, in this century, that Romeo and Juliet’s love is not love. It probably was when it was created in the late 1500’s and up to late 1800’s maybe. but we are living in the 21st century. If you want forbidden love try: Dirty Dancing or The Notebook. Drama love: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald or Love Story by Erich Segal, Death love: most things created Nicholas Sparks. Filled with character that got to know each other, who have histories, who have known each other more than a couple of months before calling it love.
There is a reason why people today take so long to say i love you for the first time, they wait weeks even months. And yet Romeo & Juliet said it within hours
- Was it love? Way back then, yes/maybe: Today, no
- Does it still deserve to be worshiped today? No
- Greatest love of all? No
- Taught in schools? Not Really, Great dialogue and language but pick another William Shakespeare playwright
- More Movies? Please No
But, if you have any other thoughts to tell me how their love was real, how it deserves to be worshiped today, if you have any pros versus my con’s.
If you have anything to change my mind please, please tell me below and I will consider. I do understand how it was amazing for its day, but not today!
* Supposedly “The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet” (1562) by Arthur Brooke, inspired Mr William Shakespeare to create the famous Romeo & Juliet. I feel bad for Arthur Brooke he barley got recognition for his original love story that inspired Shakespeare.
My ultimate love story, that i will always fall in love with, and known since I was around 10 years old
(2001) Director: Baz Luhrmann Actors: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor
Brilliant forbidden love story, in Paris 1900’s with death, so much tears and laughter, incredible music,
Sincerely Yours Jolee G