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Part 7 - Romeo and Julia: A Star Crossed Lover?


It's Monday - do you love the beginning of the week, or do you arrive in the week a bit later, after lunch time? They say, love is timeless. And If LOVE is timeless, then my chosen sujet for today's posts is the most timeless of all times - laugh. Today we meet Romeo & Julia - A star crossed loving couple. It is Monday, the 7th February and you read the Valentines blog of Christian Felix.


What is love? This question has been asked by people throughout the ages, and it is still a mystery to us today. Some say that love is an emotion, others say it is a feeling. But what do we really know about love? In this blog post, we will be exploring the topic of "Romeo & Julia: Star Crossed Lovers." We will discuss the history of the play, as well as some interesting facts about its creation. We will also take a look at some of the famous quotes from Romeo and Juliet, and see what they mean in context. Finally, we will explore the themes of love and tragedy in the play.


You won't believe it, but I feel immediately thrown back in my literature lessons at school - hate and love are so close to each other. But what do they have in common? Haha, I think this needs a separate blog post. In the meantime - let's focus on Romeo and Juliet!


Romeo and Juliet is a play by William Shakespeare that was written in 1595-1596. It is based on an Italian tale called "Romeus and Juliet." The play was first performed in 1597 but it was not published until 1609. The play takes place in Verona, Italy during the Renaissance period (14th-17th century).


One day, Romeo meets Juliet at a party and they fall in love with each other. However, their love is forbidden because of the feud between their families. Romeo and Juliet try to find ways to be together, but eventually they are forced to part. Romeo is banished from Verona and Juliet is forced to marry someone else. However, their love is too strong and they both commit suicide.


Let me please remind you of a great ballet production of Romeo und Julia, back in 2012 here in Zurich at the Opernhaus Zürich. The handwriting of this production was clearly driven by the wish and desire, that this story should reach the hearts of as many generations as possible, due its timeless character and message. I added the link to the available trailer on YouTube.


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But back to our couple of the month - Romeo & Julia. What makes their love so special? This book has been on my mind for quite some time. Before I wrote this post, I was thinking about it. Listening to certain music and watching certain available video samples inspired me to realize that it is not the love itself that makes this tale so fascinating for so many people. Both of them are launched out of their regular existence in minutes, with no consideration to denying these powerful sentiments.


They declare this love the most essential good in life, for which they would die. However, love itself is not enough to save them from death. They have to die in order for their families and friends to start living again as a community.


As we see, there are many ways of looking at this story – you can look at it romantically or tragically, but one thing is certain: it will always remain timeless because it is the greatest love story of all time.


The question remains, whether Romeo and Juliet are star crossed lovers? Well, when we look at the play as a tragedy, it may be said that they were. They did not know each other well enough to commit themselves so strongly in such a short amount of time – this can only lead to disaster.


But when we look at the play as being romantic, then it is possible that they were indeed star crossed lovers. Their love was doomed from the very beginning because of their families’ feud; however, this did not stop them from following their hearts and declaring their love for each other without hesitation or doubt – even though they knew what the consequences would be.


In the end, it is up to us to decide what we believe.


Are Romeo and Juliet star crossed lovers? Or are they simply two people who fell in love with each other against all odds? Either way, their story will continue to touch our hearts and inspire us for years to come.

And so I leave it with you, to decide in which way you will continue to read the story of my favorite lovers - Romeo & Julia.


Sincerely,

Your Christian Felix