Romeo & Juliet – the lovers then and now

‘Oh Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo’ – lines from the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’

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Hailee steinfield and Douglas booth as Romeo and Juliet in 2013 movie

Tragedy was never so beautiful, so endearing which changed the entire definition of romance. It was the skillful playwright – William Shakespeare who through his brilliant imagination penned down the timeless love story of two star crossed lovers – Romeo Montague and Juliet capulet. The feud between two families brings a doom to the short, yet powerful love of two hearts – Romeo & Juliet. This love story is regarded as one of the most powerful love stories that has stood the test of time and is still played on stage by various artists.

With times, definition of love also has changed. Love happens on Facebook and break up takes place on whatsapp. Is this love or a short term amusement for heart?  Nowadays where on earth will you find a trustworthy lover like Romeo who waited till night to catch a glimpse of his soul mate – Juliet. The most popular scene of this play was the balcony scene where Romeo and Juliet expressed vows with each other. Nowadays I hardly see such love. Today love comes with a expiry date. Today’s 21st century girls crave for attention of several Romeos than settling for a true Romeo as Romeo Montague.

Honor killings, deception, suicides, heartbreaks, acid attacks is what discovered in today’s age.  Love is diminishing day by day. What is left today is just hormonal desires and sexual hunger. Today’s lovers want one night stand, but don’t need a long committed relationship. They are ready to  split up in seconds and live separately with other partners than die for each other. I recollect the scene where Juliet drinks a fatal poison to unite with her love – Romeo. Though hard they tried to unite, their love is tragically cut short by untimely death.

Among several stories, William Shakespeare’s play – Romeo and Juliet was one story that inspired  me to become a writer. Though you may across countless love stories in novels, but nothing beats the  magnificence of this doomed love story of Romeo and Juliet.

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Before reading this play, I had seen the 1996 movie – Romeo and Juliet which featured Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in the title roles. This movie adaptation is one of the best adaptation till date.
The recent one was the 2013 movie which starred Hailee Steinfield and Douglas Booth as the star-crossed lovers.

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This week itself, I got the privilege to read the graphic novel of Romeo and Juliet and my fingers started moving automatically on keyboard to pour down my thoughts on this tragic but sweet love story of Juliet and her Romeo.  Though I may not be that lucky to get  the love of Juliet, but I do believe that one should not stop loving.

I highly recommend you all to read the original work – Romeo and Juliet written by  Shakespeare.

Keep loving
Prashant

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