Romeo and Juliet Blog By:Sage buchanan and blair johnson

A "Breif" Summary

Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy we believe is set in about the late 14th century in Verona, Italy. It is about two high-class teenagers who fall deeply in love at first sight. It starts out with a fight between the Monatgue and Capulet servants. This is common in the time period because of the constant feud between the two families. At the beginning of the play Romeo is a very depressed, sad person because he is in love with someone who doesn't love him back, Rosaline. This completely changes when Romeo and a few other Montague kinsmen enter the annual Capulet ball and Romeo sees Juliet. They instantly fall in love with eachother despite the feud between their two families still going on. Lord Capulet wants Juliet to marry this "perfect man" Paris, but Juliet says it is "an honour she dreams not of". Though she is so willing to marry Romeo, that even though it's illegal, they get Friar Laurence (Priest) to secretly marry them. Then something horrible happens.. Romeo is banished for killing Tybalt becuse he killed Romeo'sh best friend Mercutio out of anger for the Montague family. Juliet and Romeo are both devastated that they can't see eachother, and Juliet is being forced to marry Paris. The only way out is death... Or the perception of death. Juliet gets Friar Laurnece to give her a potion to put her to sleep for 42 hours making her seem dead, then Romeo is to come rescue her, but he doesn't get the message she's still alive so when he arrives, he kills himself there with Juliet so he could be close to her in death. When Juliet wakes up she sees Romeo dead beside her and also takes her own life to stay close with him forever.

There are many different themes shown throughout "Romeo and Juliet".we are here to show you how some of them can be applied and compared to life today.

Hate

The Orlando Nightclub shooting was an event that occurred in Orlando Florida of the United States of America on June 12, 2016. A 29 year old American-born citizen named Omar Mir Seddique Mateen walked into a gay nightclub, called the Pulse nightclub, armed, and open fired. He killed 49 people and injured another 53 or more. This was an act of hate and terror against people of different gender and sexual orientation as also mentioned by former-president of the USA, Barack Obama. This real-life event relates to "Romeo and Juliet", not by methods or specific targets of hate but the motives of the hate. The hate in this event is towards people who are given a different label or name regarding their gender or sexual orientation, and in Romeo and Juliet the hate is towards the other families who simply just have a different surname, the Montague and the Capulets. One example of many is when Tybalt Capulet asks Romeo to a sword fight, which he declined because of his new relation to Tybalt through Juliet, but his best friend Mercutio agreed because he hates Tybalt for being a Capulet aswell, and of course, Mercutio gets killed. Some other examples are the fight at the start between the servants, or Lord Capulet forcing Juliet to marry Paris instead of Romeo. This same type of hate that is shown in Romeo and Juliet, hundreds of years ago, is unfortunately still present in today's world. I think this is wrong and I think in the play, Juliet Capulet was the first one to notice it's wrong aswell when she says "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet". She is saying that she will still love Romeo even though he is from the Montague family, whom she is supposed to hate, but it's only a name so it shouldn't, and won't separate their love for eachother. She also mentions that if we call a rose by a different name, it will still smell just as sweet. These references both can be applied to today's way of life and the Orlando shooting, that just because some people have a different "label" we shouldn't love them any less, let alone hate them, they aren't any different because of their "label".

Love

Romeo and Juliet’s love for each other is very strong. They instantly fall in love at the Capulet ball. They were from the two rivalry families and they still were determined to make things work. Juliet stands up to her mom and dad about wanting to marry Romeo, whom he disapproves of. Even after Romeo is banished for killing Tybalt, Juliet comes up with a plan to fake kill herself so she can be with Romeo. Then the plan fails and Romeo thinks Juliet is actually dead and then he is willing to kill himself to be with Juliet, so he drinks poison and then when Juliet awakes she kills herself to be with Romeo, with a dagger which would be very painful. In our modern world love is very similar and people fall hopelessly in love just like Romeo and Juliet. In this article these two Saskatoon local lovers fall in love and wanna get married. The guy gets cancer but they still wanna get married and they plan their wedding together at his hospital bedside when he has cancer. They have their dream wedding and he dies one month later. Now there's a contest dedicated to their love story and the winner gets $28,000 towards their own dream wedding.

Fate & Destiny

Paul Walker was most well known as "Brian O'Conner" from the Fast and Furious series. He was a professional stunt driver and a vital member of an elite task force. He died tragically in a car accident on November 30, 2013 while riding in his Porsche Carrera GT. As unfortunate as this event was, some say that it was destined to happen because of his need for speed, love of driving and background of it in the movie franchise. Also, regarding the movie series itself, I think there was destined to be a large and drastic change. Since almost the start of the movie series, when Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) betrayed his job and police coworkers to pull off a heist with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), there hasn't been any major changes in the main characters. In the new "Fate of the Furious" movie, Dominic Toretto, one of the main characters, who has always been on the side with Brian, turns evil. The death of Paul Walker was a big change, but didn't affect the series much because they did a very good job of fazeing his role out, as he raised his young family. Although it seemed time for Brian to go, Toretto was very very close to him (in real life aswell) and has been forever and I think that this may be what caused his turn on the team. He was so stressed and in so much disbelief that he didn't know what to do and acted with haste (without thinking). This tragic event relates very closely to Romeo and Juliet because of the actions they portrayed for their love for eachother, again acting with haste. Juliet and Romeo both betray their parents, confessing love for a member of their rival family, without thinking of the consequences. I think Romeo is the first to acknowledge that they may be acting in haste and marrying too quick when Friar Laurence is talking to him and warning him that something bad may come of their quick actions and Romeo says "O, let us hence; I stand on sudden haste" realizing how he's acting but still continuing because of his strong love. Some other examples of Romeo and Juliets haste was to secret key get married, then having to refuse marriage to Paris because she was already married, and of course when they killed them selves to be "close to the other" which is romantic, but if they had thought about it a bit longer, they'd be together and alive. I also think that Paul Walker's history with cars is like Romeo and Juliets history with love, they were so "addicted" to these things that ultimately, they were the things that took their lives.

Gender Equality

Gender equality in Romeo and Juliet is related to our modern world in a few ways. In the play Juliet isn’t even allowed to leave their house, her parents force her to stay in the house. This same treatment is the same towards Rosaline as her parents also do not allow her to leave the house. Juliet’s parents also pick who they want Juliet to marry and even after she says “it is an honour I dream not of”. Later in the play, when Juliet says she will not marry Paris, Lord Capulet says “I will drag thee on a hurdle thither. Out, you green sickness, carrion! Out, you baggage! You tallow face!”. In our modern we also don’t have gender equality as it says in this article that “Only 42 per cent of women are confident that their gender will have no influence on their pay and their career progression, compared to more than 70 per cent of men”. Even in our modern world we don’t have gender equality. These women’s careers aren’t reaching their full potential because of the lack of gender equality.

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