Are the lessons in Romeo and Juliet still valuable to audiences today? A tragic ending to the tale of the star crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, brings forward important lessons. These lessons are constructed to communicate to the wider community that is relevant to the audience and are introduced in different themes. These themes include being blinded by passion, striving for a higher social status and relationships which are all valuable to audiences today. “Get thee to a church a’Thursday, or never look me in the face. In an attempt to raise the Capulet’s social status, Juliet’s father arranges a marriage for her and Paris. But as the audience knows, Juliet does not love Paris and she is threatened with disownment. From this, we can learn that if we do not follow the higher order or go with the flow (status quo) we risk receiving punishment, the same way Juliet might receive it.
We as the audience can need to navigate through challenges on a daily basis and can use this lesson so we can avoid any unnecessary punishment. Decisions obscured by passion (hate or love) are something that is a part of Romeo and Juliet. A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life” is a simple verse from the prologue that contains a powerful message, a message that makes the play a tragedy, in which the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet die. Passion is an important theme in Romeo and Juliet, it affects the decisions we make and clouds our conscience. Romeo and Juliet make many rash/quick decisions which only lead to trouble. “…then banished,… Thou cutt’st my head off with a golden axe…”, Romeo said this for killing Tybalt. The passion here is not the hatred for the Capulets, but the hatred for killing.
The lesson here to be learnt by the modern audience is that we mustn’t let passion get in the way so that we make rash decisions. Romeo and Juliet, the Montagues and the Capulets are all in a relationship together, but not all relationships are positive. The relationship between Romeo and Juliet can be referred to as a mistake. These two lovers made rash decisions and these caused dire consequences such as the death of Romeo’s friend Mercutio and/or the death of Tybalt, Juliet’s favourite cousin. Having relations with or from opposing groups is not something that should be trifled with.
The modern audience can perceive this mistake as a lesson, by not having any dangerous relationships, albeit positive or negative, the wider community will not be at risk of heart break. Lessons to be learnt and lessons forgotten, the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet incorporates many lessons that are still valuable to the modern audience. These lessons include going with the flow, despite the possible unhappiness it may bring it is most likely to be better than being disowned. Rash decisions caused by passion exiled Romeo away from his beloved Juliet.
This caused another rash action, suicide caused by love. The audience can learn from this that although passion can cloud our sense of reality, we mustn’t let it control what we do or how we react to something. Having healthy relations is not too debatable, but by having a relationship with the daughter of the rival house is a mistake Romeo made. The audience should make a decision if to discontinue a relationship they know is dangerous or unhealthy. Lessons in Romeo and Juliet are still applicable to today’s modern society and they are still valuable to the modern audience.