Loyalty- A strong feeling of support or allegiance.
Why did I choose this theme?
I chose this theme because I saw that many characters I the story demonstrated loyalty and I felt that I had enough evidence to support my reasoning.
Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story about how two people, who are from rival families, fall in love with each other. They go through many obstacles and have to overcome many difficult challenges on their journey to love. It won't be easy, but together, their love will change history.
"This, by his voice, should be a Montague. Fetch me my rapier, boy."-Tybalt Capulet.
Act 1-Scene 5, pg. 30 /Line 55-56
-Tybalt is being loyal to his family name at the party, when he saw Romeo, by taking abrasive actions and wanting to fight Romeo. Tybalt thinks that the only way to uphold his loyalty to his family is to turn to violence.
"Then hie you hence to Friar Lawrence' cell; There stays a husband to make you a wife."- Nurse
Act 2-Scene 5, pg.60 /Line 68-69
The nurse demonstrates loyalty to Juliet by giving and delivering messages for her about the wedding even though she knows that she could get in trouble for it. I think that she does this because since she practically raised Juliet, she loves to see her content.
"Shall I speak ill of him that is my husband?"- Juliet Capulet
Act 3-Scene 2, pg.74 /Line 97
Juliet shows loyalty by defending Romeo when she received the news that he was banished and that he killed Tybalt. She felt more compassion towards a man who she only married three hours earlier, rather than her own cousin.
"Till Holy Church incorporate two in one."- Friar Lawrence
Act 2-Scene 6, pg. 62 /Line 37
The Friar demonstrates his loyalty to peace because he agrees to marry two rival families in hopes of creating peace between them. His loyalty is strong to peace because he could get in a lot of trouble, but he still went through with it.
"O calm, dishonorable, vile submission! "- Mercutio
Act 3-Scene 1, pg.65 /Line 72
Mercutio shows loyalty to Romeo by fighting in his place with Tybalt. He felt that Tybalt was over stepping his boundaries and decided that enough was enough.
Art Representation of Loyalty
This is a clip about a couple of rebellious slaves who are defending a former slave named Spartacus who was sold to a Gladiator trainer named Batiatus. Spartacus was a born and raised slave who went off on his own path so that he could make his own decisions. The slaves showed their loyalty to him by claiming that they were Spartacus when higher up officials came to them with an offer of freedom in trade of information about Spartacus. Spartacus later leads the rebellious slaves to freedom and travel to Southern Italy and venture out to find their homes.