is undoubtedly the most famous love story of all time, featuring two ‘star crossed lovers’ whose brief but intense affair ends in tragedy.
It is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, and both Romeo and Juliet have become archetypal young lovers, representing certain notions of masculine and feminine identity.
She makes a logical and heartfelt decision that her loyalty and love for Romeo will be her main priority, and she will do whatever it takes to make their love work.
The moment Romeo realises he loves Juliet his loyalty becomes divided, between what he knows is right and what his heart says.
The play, Romeo and Juliet has many deaths, which are usually suicides because they have lost someone they love.
The novel, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham also has people risking their lives or even suicide because they will or are not able to live without the person they love.
We will use Romeo and Juliet to examine this concept before moving on to more modern popular magazine articles and media representations of masculinity and femininity.
We will also learn how gender roles have changed across time and place.
On the other hand, you could argue that loyalty lead to both of their deaths, with the reasoning that had Romeo not been so attached to Mercutio he would not have killed Tybalt when Tybalt fatally injured Mercutio.
If he had not slain Tybalt, he would not have been banned from Verona, and in turn they might have thought of a different plan than the one they eventually chose which was wrought with complications and took both of their lives.