"Romeo and Juliet is ultimately a play of choices, some ill-timed, some ill-fated, but all freely made". In a close analysis of the play discuss the truth and accuracy of the statement.
William Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet, is one of the greatest love stories of all time. The play was written around 1595, but the story has proven to be timeless. The play is a story of forbidden love that is resolved in two tragic deaths. Romeo and Juliet come from feuding families, but they defy the feud and fall in love. Many events take place during the five short days that they share their love. All of the events surround characters from both the Montague and Capulet families. For example, during the play, a fight, which ends in Romeo's banishment, takes place because of Tybalt's hot temper, Romeo's extreme passion, and Mercutio's quick wits. The forces of love and hate are also very evident throughout the play. In the end, Romeo and Juliet's love finds a tragic way to overcome the hate between their families. In Romeo and Juliet, the story revolves around Juliet while she grows up and falls in love, only to have fate keep her from complete happiness. .
Juliet is the strong-willed young daughter of Capulet, a rich man in Verona. Shakespeare made her character a mere thirteen years old, but she acts mature beyond her years. For example when Romeo caves to meet her she says, "Dost thou love me? I know thou wilt say "Ay" And I will take the word. Yet if thou swearest, Thou mayst prove false". (Act 2, Scene 2 line 89-91) A young girl of her age would normally be overcome with emotion when a male pronounces love for her; however Juliet is wise enough to realize and acknowledge that he may not be true and then later asks him to prove it by marriage. She is practical, honest, and loyal to herself and her family. She is also very passionate about her love, but she has control of her passion which is shown when she does not simply elope at the first opportunity, but asks for marriage (as mentioned earlier).