Romeo And Juliet

Feb 15, 2010 21:31

So recently I have started my goal of watching 100 movies by the end of this year and, at school, we have started reading Romeo and Juliet.

And since I knew there were a couple of movies based off Romeo & Juliet, I thought I should watch one.

I picked this one because, for the obvious reason, Leonardo DiCaprio is in it. YOUNG Leonardo.


Anyway, other than wanting to fuck the living shit out of Leonardo through out the whole fucking movie with his Romeo dialogue, it made me think a little more about Romeo and Juliet's relationship and it if was actually "true love."

Before I had watched the movie I had an idea of what I thought, that is was all teenage lust gone wrong, and that was exactly what I got out of the movie too.

I admit, there were times that, yeah, they did show some possibility of love between them but that wasn't what made up their whole relationship.

Romeo, since he saw her, wanted her physically. Many times did he point out that he wanted to have sex with her. It might not have been full on "Hey Juliet, I want to fuck you. Why dont you let me?" but more subtle and polite. And, really, why else would a young guy like him go as far as marrying a girl younger than him and had only known for a couple of hours? Juliet wasn't going to put out unless he married her.

Now Juliet, now that's a different story. She's young and innocent, pure and has no real idea about what Romeo wants in the beginning. There was a moment in the beginning where Juliet had no idea what Romeo was asking of her:
Romeo: O, wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?
Juliet: What satisfaction canst thou have tonight?
Either she is totally clueless or is stupid to NOT know what Romeo was implying. But this also left me to think that SHE is the one that probably feels those "love" feelings for him more powerfully than he does. Remember, there is somewhat of an age difference between them with her being about 11/12 and him being 14/15.

Either way, let's skip to the end of the story where Romeo drinks the poison thinking that Juliet was dead when she, in fact, was not and later she killing herself for him. I honestly thought they (mostly Romeo) had gone mental by the end. But it made me question my conclusion again. Was it really love, true love, that made them sacrifice life for their loved one? Or was the lust so much and overpowering to both of them that it drove them to that low of a crazy state to do what they did?

In reality, I think it's a little of both. Lust is what drove them that crazy but "love" was the underlining meaning of why they did what they did. And I say "love" because, in their heads, it probably was that. They didnt think of it as lust or just physical attraction, they thought they were completely and head-over-heels in love with each other. It might not be our definition of love but it was theirs.

So, in conclusion, I still have no real conclusion. Maybe it is a combination of both love and lust. Or just lust. Or just love. But for now I'm just going to say it's "teenage lust gone wrong." Whether someone thinks otherwise, that's their opinion and their view on the relationship of Romeo and Juliet.

Is there a right or wrong answer? Only Shakespeare knows.


"My only love sprung from my only hate. Too early seen unknown, and known too late." ~ Juliet

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