Is 'Romeo and Juliet' actually romantic? | The Tylt
Is 'Romeo and Juliet' actually romantic?
“Romeo and Juliet” has laid the foundations for romantic trope across the ages. There’s the whole “love at first sight,” thing; the whole “crazy passion” thing; and the whole “Screw you, mom and dad, we’re doing this anyway” thing. It’s that untamed, unabashed love that Hallmark’s capitalized on for years.
Granted, both Romeo and Juliet end up dead because of some serious miscommunication, which makes songs like Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” just a teensy bit inaccurate, but whatever. Are we still listening to it on repeat? You can bet your bottom dollar on it.
Let’s go over the facts: At the start of the story, Romeo slumps into the picture moaning about some chick (not Juliet) who's so selfish, she decided to become a nun instead of going out with him. He sees Juliet at a party roughly five seconds later, instantly deciding he’s in love with her instead. In a modern context, Juliet’s friends would encourage her to leave him on read.
Obvious rebounding and questionable flirting tactics aside (you really want some guy to crawl up to your bedroom window, uninvited?), in a few short days these two kids stomp their feet against their elders' kind of wise advice, secretly get married, and then kill themselves over someone they barely know. When you strip the story back like that, “Romeo and Juliet” is less a romance and more about selfish teenagers mistaking hormones for true love. Again, we're still listening to "Love Story," anyway. It's good stuff.