Theme of Romeo + Juilet

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What are some themes in Romeo and Juliet? How does the conflicts help support the theme?

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One of the main themes in Romeo and Juliet is irony; more specifically, the irony of love.  It is ironic that Romeo and Juliet fall in love upon their first meeting, that their families are feuding but don’t quite know why, and that their plan to go on together forever results in both of their demise.  It is ironic that R and J are supposed to have this beautiful union of love, yet it has resulted in nothing but violence, death, and further conflict.  The conflicts in the play (families feuding, R and J not being able to be together, deaths) contribute heavily to the underlying theme of irony.

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