Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny," (Shakespeare Prologue Lines 1-3).
These are the opening words of William Shakespeare's ageless tale Romeo and Juliet. Over the years many people have proved the timeless relevance of Shakespeare's themes present in this particular play. The film industry in particular has produced numerous versions of Shakespeare's enduring classic. No matter how the play is interpreted, however, the themes of the play remain intact. Although Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, has been portrayed in numerous films with different interpretations, nevertheless, the underlying themes remain the same because they are universal themes that speak to certain aspects of humanity that have not changed.
Romeo and Juliet is the ultimate tale of love that is too great to bear. It has often been described as a triumph of dramatic lyricism. Because of this, love is the predominant theme throughout the play. Another theme that Shakespeare uses in the play is hatred. The original play revolves around the conflicts between two feuding families, the Capulet's and the Montague's. The themes of death and violence also enter into Romeo and Juliet, and are always connected to the themes of love and hatred. These elements have helped to make this tragedy so popular.
In many ways, Shakespeare was very ahead of his time. William Shakespeare is considered by many the greatest writer to ever live. Shakespeare had a special gift that enabled him to accurately portray human emotions. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare writes about love emerging in the midst of hatred. These are themes that still apply today. Love and hate are emotions that will never disappear as time progresses. This is what still makes his works appeal to generation after generation.
Since the invention of the motion picture in 1894, Romeo and Juliet has been one of the most popular subject matters.