As the Friar reminds us, "virtue itself turns vice being misapplied, /And vice sometime's by action dignified" (17-18).
In addition, the Friar accuses Romeo of being an "[u]nseemly woman in a seeming man" and says that his tears are "womanish" (109-111). The play seems to suggest that violence is not the way.
Mediating between Mercutio's violent temper and Romeo's passivity, the Prince is possibly the best model of masculine behavior in the play: impartial and fair, he also opposes civil violence.
Because words are slippery, Juliet worries that Romeo's protestation of love are merely lies. Value and Doubleness Another important theme is the idea of value and doubleness.
Just as language is ambiguous, so are value judgments.
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- Was the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Due to Fate and Fortune.
Romeo claims it is his "fortune" to read — indeed, "fortune" or chance has led Capulet's servant to him — and this scene prepares us for the tragic inevitability of the play.
The lovers will be punished not because of flaws within their personalities but because fate is against them.
Ironically, the servant invites Romeo to the Capulet's house, as long as he is not a Montague, to "crush a cup of wine." Only fate could manufacture this unlikely meeting with Capulet's illiterate servant, as only fate will allow Romeo to trespass into the Capulet's domain and meet Juliet.
Love Love is another important thematic element in the play, which presents various types of love: the sensual, physical love advocated by the Nurse; the Proper or contractual love represented by Paris; and the passionate, romantic love of Romeo and Juliet.