Life, customs, the circumstances depicted in his plays, sometimes far from our own, and yet that he represented, is the highest truth, which is available only to great art. Shakespeare expands our spiritual horizon. We experience life more dramatically intense than our everyday existence, go beyond your little world and get into the big world.
In Shakespeare's tragedies always strong social motives: social injustice, inequality of classes. Along with other humanists, he saw man "the crown of nature", God-like creature. More than Shakespeare knew life, it was clear to him that the man is far from perfect. Where does the evil in man, as it penetrates into the souls of people?
Romeo and Juliet the heroes who became a symbol of the beautiful, but tragic love between two young creatures, divided by centuries-old feud family clans to which they belong: the Montagues (Romeo) and the Capulets (Juliet). This story met several times in Italian literature and was used to preach submission and humility in front of hostile circumstances; the hero's death is portrayed as deserved punishment for misleading. Shakespeare approached this story differently. It the Renaissance ideal of a great love, appearing above family prejudices and age-old hatred.
All the events of the tragedy fit into five days, starting from meeting at the ball in the house Capulet years. Shakespeare's characters are very young, however, the depth affected their feelings makes them precocious adults. Romeo in the beginning of the play is naive, he is in love with a certain Rosalind. All the time he spends idly staggered wearily sighing and doing nothing. Juliet from the very beginning is striking not only with the cleanliness and charm of blossoming youth, but grown-up depth, a tragic sense of existence. She is more Mature than Romeo. He's loving Juliet gradually realize how everything that happens between them is serious and difficult and how many obstacles are in their way, and as it grows to it.
The love of Romeo and Juliet is not just a violation of a family prohibition. It is an open challenge to their centuries-old tradition of hatred with which for many generations were born and died many Montagues where almost rested the foundations of the state of Verona. Why so afraid of all the impudence and the depth of killing Romeo and Juliet's feelings, because I'm trying to separate. For their love, their Union undermines, violates something that cannot be broken. Romeo and Juliet from the very beginning know what to expect. "My soul full of dark presentiments!" says Juliet. The power and infinity of their passion, the finality of adopted decisions and reckless determination to everything, including death, shocking even the one who. it would seem, understands them and sympathizes with them, father Laurence: "These violent delights end is terrible. And death awaits them in the midst of the celebration."
XIV-XVI century the Renaissance. This flowering of feudal based culture: its secular character, humanistic world Outlook, a reversal to the antique cultural heritage. It is distinguished by belief in the creative possibilities and the power of the mind, assertion of the beauty and harmony of reality, appeal to the person as to a higher source of being. Typical is the figure of Lorenzo, who ordained don't stop to be a scientist, thinke, humanist who believes that people should obey the desire of the heart, not calculation.
The tragedy touched upon the essential problem of the Renaissance, of personal liberty and freedom of feelings, freedom that has to win in a brutal fight against the rigid views of feudal society. The tragedy ends with the death of the lovers. Heroes die, because the world is arbitrariness, prejudice, and calculate hostile to genuine feeling.
Optimistic sound play give it a glorification of the power and beauty of earthly love, faith in the future.