Romeo and Juliet - Themes

Themes are ideas that run all the way through a literary text. They are great to analyse because you can discuss the writer's intentions: what have they done? Why? What are they trying to make the reader and audience think and feel? This allows your analysis to be extended and developed, allowing for you to write comprehensively about a given literary text.

Themes of Romeo and Juliet, showing a heart representing love, two fists bashing against each other representing conflict, and a tree with branches in the style of a family tree to represent family

In Romeo and Juliet there are many themes such as:

  • love
  • conflict
  • family

All three themes interlink, as Shakespeare wanted to illustrate how love, conflict and family intertwine with one another. He also wanted to show that sometimes, through love, we can also hate.