Romeo and Juliet
William Shakespeare (1564-
Born in Stratford-upon-Avon
Married Ann Hathaway
Moved to London
Worked as an actor and a playwright
Shakespeare’s birthplace in
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Merchant of Venice
Globe Theatre, where
Shakespeare’s plays were, and
Destiny/ astrology: You were born under a
lucky or unlucky star
Romeo and Juliet were’star-crossed lovers’,
meaning there was something wrong in there
universe, their love was not meant to be
Shakespeare too believed in the stars, but he
also meant we have much influence ourselves:
’The Fault does not lay in the Stars, but in
Romeo and Juliet,
God: The world is ruled by God the Almighty,
Friar Lawrence is God’s man on earth
King and Queen, Prince and Princess: They
represent the godly powers on earth, they are in
Fairies: Small creatures that can change your
You: You have to try to make the most of your
life, within the existing situation
Parents: Parents usually accept your choice if
it is reasonable. If not they will try to tell you.
Their feud is the obstacle for Romeo and
Friar Lawrence: He wants them to marry to
stop the family feud. Love will bring peace.
Juliet: Innocent, sweet, her dressing as an
angel at the masquerade is symbolic.
Romeo: A man of action. All great heroes have
a flaw (feil). Romeo’s biggest mistake is that he
never stops to think. Dressed as a knight in
shining armour at the masquerade.
Love: What is true love?
Romeo and Rosaline: He cannot marry her
because they are not alike in dignity, it will not
work out socially, therefore she does not want
Juliet and Paris: Paris loves Juliet and is of a
good family. He dies for her, still she does not
love him, and love has to be mutual (gjensidig).
Romeo and Juliet: The families make love
impossible for Romeo and Juliet, everything
else is right.
Shakespeare: True love is an integrating force
where everything comes together: ’Love is the
glue that keeps the universe together’
With love you speak the same language: Ex.
Balcony scene: The universe becomes part of
their conversation: ’What light through
younder window breaks. It is the East and Juliet
is the Sun’
Romeo swears by the moon that he loves her
Romeo and Juliet