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The most important ideas in Romeo and Juliet

Jade Anouka has acted as Juliet at The Globe Theatre, London.
Watch her discuss the main themes in 'Romeo and Juliet'.
I think there’s so much in it. The first thing that you think of is young love - the idea of falling in love for the first time, the excitement of that, the danger of that, in many ways. That idea of, when you’re a teenager, those first arguments you start having with your parents, the first times you start realising you think something different to your mum and dad. And also, the idea of young people, like the guys. And they’re getting into fights all the time. And it’s, kind of, unnecessary bloodshed, and unnecessary arguments, I think, is something that happens as a teenager.
Maybe it doesn’t lead to death, but these unnecessary arguments, and people growing up, and not knowing how to, necessarily, deal with their emotions. And it all spiralling out of control. I think there’s that. There’s also the idea of these two families that are at war, that are fighting against each other. And this is an argument that has gone back so many years, nobody even knows why. And yet, still, it’s the young people - it’s the next generation - who suffer.

Actor Jade Anouka has taken the role of Juliet at The Globe Theatre, London.

In this video, Jade talks about some of the themes in Romeo and Juliet. Here are some of the things she mentions:

  • “the idea of falling in love for the first time”
  • “those first arguments you start having with your parents”
  • “the first times you start realising that you think something different to your mum and dad”
  • teenagers getting into trouble

Although we live in a very different world to that portrayed in Romeo and Juliet, do you think today’s teenagers can identify with these themes from the play? Are teenagers’ experiences and problems today the same as they were in Shakespeare’s time?

Share your ideas.

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