William Shakespeare wrote the play of Romeo and Juliet. It is a very exciting play of love between Romeo and Juliet who fall in love while in a party (Arafat 25). Romeo and Juliet come from families that dislike one another but they aware that they cannot be allowed to do so by other members of the society. Because of fear, they marry each other in secret for their love to continue (Bly, 2001). Although they have strong love, Romeo kills her cousin in their wedding eve when fighting each other. Romeo drops the issue of marriage in the next morning because if he goes back to the city, he will be killed.
The family of Juliet insists that she must be married to Paris because they do not know that she is already married to Romeo. Juliet does not accept to marry Paris in the beginning but agrees later because she wants to forget that she is dead so that she marries Romeo secretly. She is to be assisted by Friar Laurence to disappear with Romeo because he is the one who designs the disappearance plan (Arafay, 18). He pretends that Juliet is dead and buried so that Juliet’s parents can drop their intention of Juliet marrying Paris. Romeo himself has no knowledge of the plan and eventually visits her tomb with the knowledge that she is alive. He eventually kills himself because his love is already dead and buried. Immediately Juliet wakes up; she realizes that Romeo is dead and also decides also to kill herself. Eventually, no marriage takes place between Juliet and Romeo and Juliet and Paris.
This film rightly introduces Juliet when acting on stage and ensures that there is a strong exploration of the theme of marriage. The scene I observes clearly demonstrates how the theme of marriage and love relates to each other. The scene also shows how Juliet views marriage and love (Arafay, 2005). According to my observation in the film, marriage is a relationship between two people and couples should be allowed to choose their marriage partner. According to the film, Juliet’s parents tries to force a marriage between Juliet and Paris. It, therefore, shows that parents play a little role in helping their daughters find a husband. In the film, the theme of young against old age is clearly depicted in the play. It can also be observed from the film the distinction in attitudes between the Nurse, Capulet, and Juliet towards marriage and love.
In the film, the nurse is comical and seems to have similar frustration as Juliet, finding the distinction of Juliet’s young virtuousness with the Nurse’s Older, coarser viewpoint on life (Bly, 2001). The memories of the Nurse concerning that Juliet’s are weaned and acquiring knowledge to walk indicates her motives towards sexual maturity. The response of Juliet towards Romeo in the film is a strong sign of love which cannot allow her to marry another person. Romeo understands how to tease Juliet although he is not in good terms with Juliet’s parents. There are some comments that Juliet makes which indicates that she is still a very young to be in womanhood.
Capulet is not happy to see Juliet marrying Paris although; the family of Juliet wants it. Capulet is cold about the relationship between Juliet and Paris, and she tries not to be part of it by all means. It is like she sees that there is no match between the two regarding age. It seems that she wants Juliet to just accept marriage for the sake of it in order not to disobey parents. Juliet is not ready to please her parents but clearly, disagree with them for the first time and later agrees to the marriage arrangement to please parent (Arafay, 2005). The Juliet’s parents believe that the marriage of Juliet and Paris can increase social condition of their family because Paris is a rich man and they will have a share in his riches. From there, there is an observation that Juliet’s parents want Juliet to get marriage to Paris for social gain but not that there is a complete match between Juliet and Paris.
Juliet’s parents only see the marriage between Paris and Juliet as a way of gaining high social class for the family instead of looking at her Juliet. The parents only want to use her to gain wealth, but they should see marriage as a physical relationship. Parents only believe that marriage only increases personal condition of a woman but not through pregnancy. According to their definition, both the parents are not able to address romantic love that Juliet harbors. They only display female oppression to Juliet (Bly, 2001). It, therefore, means that her parents want her to get marriage to acquire wealth.
Juliet agrees to the proposal of her mother cleverly "I’ll look to like, if looking liking move, But no deeper will I hurt my eye." Her reply to her mother shows that Juliet is emotionally mature because she can make her personal decision to get married to a man that she does not like. She is also strong enough to reject the opinion of her mother and Nurse. Juliet understands that her parents only believe that love is about materials and sex, but according to her, she believes that it is about personal feelings. Juliet also knows that there is also something important in marriage more than materials and sex that binds the couples together.
It is depicted from the film that her attitudes towards marrying Paris is against the wish of her parents and this can be seen clearly because the relationship between Juliet and her parents is becoming sourer (Bly, 2001). Juliet views her love to Romeo as much stronger and is of spiritual quality than that of Paris which mainly associated with wealth and sex (Arafay, 2005). Due to the difference in the perception of love, Juliet views the opinion of her parents negative and that makes her believe that the wish of her parents is based on family feuds, and women oppression.
This film is entertaining and makes the play of Romeo and Juliet to be easy to understand. It clearly provides a visual explanation of love and marriage. The film also enhances the flow of the play as one can quickly know what takes place in every scene. From the play, one can easily distinguish true love which is not based on women oppression. The use of video also makes the play more interesting, and one can see the actual thing which is happening between Juliet and her family and between Romeo and Juliet.
Bly, Mary (2001). "The Legacy of Juliet’s Desire in Comedies of the Early 1600s". In Alexander, Margaret M. S; Wells, Stanley.Shakespeare and Sexuality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 52–71.