Saturday, February 12, 2011

Questions about Romeo and Juliet

To all of you who are reading Romeo and Juliet, I found a very useful website in regards to study helps (click here). This website asks a lot of questions concerning the different themes within the play. After viewing this website and considering my own curiosity, I came up with a few questions of my own that might get your wheels turning. Let me know if you have any input.

1. Is there any evidence that Romeo and Juliet's love transcends mortality?
2. Do the motifs of light and darkness send a message about love and its transience?
3. What is Shakespeare's message about young love? Is he supporting it or bashing on it?
4. What makes this play a tragedy? Is tragedy really within the bounds of destiny? Are these lovers really "star-crossed"? Because tragedy to me is something terribly unfortunate happening that could've been prevented. With this definition destiny doesn't play as big of a role.
5. What are the flaws of Romeo and Juliet that lead to tragedy? Is it mostly unawareness/miscommunication? If so, that is truly tragic!
6. What is the point of catharsis in this play? What would an audience member decide to avoid after viewing this play?