The first archetypal theme that comes to mind when you think about Romeo and Juliet should be the forcefulness of love. Nothing seems to be a match for the power of love, especially in this story. This is shown when Juliet tells Romeo “Deny thy father and refuse thy name. Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn by my love, and ill no longer be a Caplet. ” (22. 34-36) This quote is showing that Gullet’s newfound love for Romeo is powerful enough for her to leave her family to marry him. Similar to the relationship between Romeo ND Juliet is the relationship between Bella and Edward in the book series Twilight by Stephanie Mayor.
These couples are alike in the way that they both face insurmountable odds and should not be allowed by fate to be together. The reason for this is that in Romeo and Juliet, the lovers come from two families that hate each other. In Twilight one of them is immortal while the other is mortal. Both of these couples are star-crossed. Another archetype in Romeo and Juliet is love as a cause of violence. The strongest example of this archetype is when Romeo and Juliet imagine each other dead n the morning after their first sexual experience.
Juliet tells Romeo “Methinks I see thee, as one dead in the bottom of a tomb. ” Committing suicide is the ultimate exhibition of violence. Romeo and Gullet’s love is also the reason for the deaths of Gullet’s cousin Table, and Romeos dear friend Mercuric. A perfect example of love as a cause of violence is the 1 967 movie Bonnie and Clyde. The tale is of two famous bank robbers and how they fell in love and went on jobs together ending in a large ambush set up by the police resulting in the massacre of the two lovers.
If the robberies were not a good enough example of violence, Bonnie got a thirst for murder. Those that surrounded both of these couples, I. E. Mercuric and Table and Bonnie and Cycle’s gang fueled the violence. It was a foregone conclusion that Bonnie and Clyde would be executed as sure as Romeo and Juliet took their own lives. Another archetype is the individual versus society. This is shown in Romeo and Juliet when Romeo gets banished to Mantra for killing Table, and the entirety of the city guard is on watch for him. Prince says “And for that offence.
Immediately we do exile him hence. ” (3. 1. 92-93) This means he will never be able to see his wife Juliet again. In this moment Romeo is alone. By killing his friend’s killer, Romeo is branded a murderer and ensures that he has no chance of being allowed back into Verona and consequently no chance of being with Juliet. An example of individual versus society is found in the book Frankincense by Mary Shelley. Once discovered, Frankincense was considered a monster. He was hunted and hated by everyone in the city similar to when Romeo was hunted by the city guard. Frankincense and
Romeo shared the curse of being an outcast: Frankincense because he was different and Romeo because he broke the law but the result of not being accepted was the same. There is also the inevitability of fate. This comes into play when Romeo is in Julies tomb. He cried out “Then defy you, stars” (5. 1. 24) This happens right before he stabs himself not knowing that Juliet is in fact not dead. Then, when she awakens to see him dead, she kills herself. The fate that is illustrated here is not that they would kill themselves, but that their love would never be fully realized and accepted.
It was inevitable that Romeo and Juliet would never live happily ever after. In The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, a similar inevitably of fate is depicted. A man’s wife was killed by a thief and he builds a time machine to go back and stop the thief from killing her and she ends up getting killed by a drunken man driving a horse drawn carriage. He was not fated to spend his life with his wife, no matter what he tried to do. When in a battle with fate, such as the one fought by lovers trying to be together who are not meant to be together, it is not a battle that can be wan.
There are any examples of the archetypes in modern literature that are similar to those found in Romeo and Juliet. Archetypes, used to tell a story and evoke emotion whether they are about fighting for love, fighting against fate, or fighting against society, are timeless. Many of the archetypes found in Romeo and Juliet, a story written in 1 594, still exist in books today such as the Twilight series published in 2005. People today, as they did hundreds of years ago, turn to literature to experience emotion and be entertained through these themes that are familiar and provoke a response from the reader.