Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' has become a world renowned play, over the centuries many appropriations have been made including Baz Lurhman's version. One of the issues in 'Romeo and Juliet' is sacrifice, which is shown by how the couple are willing to kill themselves in order to be together in heaven. 'Romeo and Juliet' is also very stereotypical. An example of this is how some members of each family have never met, and yet they hate each other. There are many conflicts during the play. One of which were when Mercutio picked a fight with Tybalt, which resulted in Mercutio losing his life. All three of these statements can be converted into modern terms.
Throughout the play there are many sacrifices; Romeo and Juliet were willing to sacrifice their relationship with their families in order to be together. Tragically at the end of the play, both Romeo and Juliet sacrifice their own lives because they believe they cannot live without each other.
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ALSO INSERT REST OF QUOTE. These acts of sacrifice are still worthy of comparison in today's society, people today still perform human sacrifice. There are less extreme sacrifices that people have to make every day, like choosing to do homework instead of being with your friends, or going to a funeral instead of an extra-curricular activity.
As mentioned above, some members of the feuding families have never met and yet they hate each other. This is a reasoning of how stereotyping of people can often lead to more conflict and hatred, especially in modern day's society. INSERT QUOTE (I, III) page 70 . Romeo himself was unquestionably stereotyped. Juliet's family assumed Romeo was a horrible person just because of his family name. If the Capulet's had over-looked Romeo's relatives and seen that he truly loved Juliet, maybe the feud would have stopped and the couple's deaths wouldn't have occurred.
The conflict that is considered to have the direst consequences would be the scene when Mercutio started fight with Tybalt. Mercutio eventually drew his sword on Tybalt, who accepted the challenge. Romeo, remembering the Prince's words, attempted to stop the fight, but Tybalt stabbed Mercutio under Romeo's arm, and Mercutio died shortly after cursing both their houses. INSERT QUOTE (III, II) This use of irony is very popular within films today, such as how Juliet is torn between being angry with Romeo or sticking by him, as a loyal wife should, because he killed Tybalt.
Furthermore, there are many films and novels relating 'Romeo and Juliet' to the 21st century and although this play is mainly stereotypic and conflicting, you can explore the theme of 'forever and always' to be an ongoing idea in 'Romeo and Juliet.'