Answer: It describes the battle of love and hate, in which battle love is victorious. When Romeo first enters
and sees the evidences of the fray between the partisans of Capulet and Montague he says: Here's
much to do with hate, but more with love. This remark describes the play.
A deadly feud had, for a long time, existed between the Montagues and Capulets. Law could not control it. Religion could not abate it. A young Montague falls in love with a young Capulet. This love
is reciprocated. It is a love which is all-absorbing,
overmastering. It is a love which is literally unto
death. When Romeo and Juliet are laid in the
tomb, the feud which, for so long a time had existed
between the Capulets and Montagues, is also buried
in the same tomb. This is the theme of the drama.
In King Lear love is conquered by hate. In Romeo and Juliet love triumphs over hate. In it Shakespeare takes us a journey through Inferno and Paradiso. The journey ends in Paradiso.
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Fleming, William H. How to Study Shakespeare. New York: Doubleday and Co., 1898. Shakespeare Online. 10 Aug. 2010. (date when you accessed the information) < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/romeoandjuliet/questions/maintheme.html >.