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Themes and Examples in Romeo and Juliet

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Theme: Love and Hate
Act 1 Scene 1: The Capulets and Montagues fight in Verona's market-place; Romeo tells Benvolio of his unrequited love for Rosaline.
Theme: Love and Hate
Act 1 Scene 5: Forgetting Rosaline, Romeo falls in love with Juliet at first sight.
Theme: Love and Hate
Act 2 Scene 2: In Juliet's orchard the two lovers agree to marry.
Theme: Love and Hate
Act 3 Scene 1: Tybalt fatally wounds Mercutio under the newly-wed Romeo's arm.
Theme: Love and Hate
Act 3 Scene 5: Romeo and Juliet prepare to part after their wedding night.
Theme: Parents and children
The Prologue: The Chorus describes the parents' 'ancient grudge' which is the catalyst for the death of their children.
Theme: Parents and children
Act 1 Scene 1: Lord Capulet approves Paris's request to ask Juliet to marry him.
Theme: Parents and children
Act 3 Scene 5: Lord and Lady Capulet tell Juliet of their arrangements for her to marry Paris.
Theme: Chance and choice
The Prologue: The Chorus describes the lovers as 'star-crossed'.
Theme: Chance and choice
Act 1 Scene 4: As he goes to the Capulets' ball, Romeo tells of a dream he has had.
Theme: Chance and choice
Act 3 Scene 3: Romeo happens upon the sword fight between Tybalt and Mercutio; his intervention results in Mercutio's death for which he kills Tybalt and calls himself 'fortune's fool'.