Key themes

A heart signifying love, stars for fate and a sword and peace symbol for duality.

The most obvious theme in Romeo and Juliet is that of love, but the play deals with many other important ideas too. Shakespeare invites us to examine the importance of fate, death, honour, friendship and duality. All of these themes are still relevant today, which is why the play is still popular after all these years.

The main themes in Romeo and Juliet are:

  • love
  • fate
  • duality (or opposites)