Monday, April 27, 2015

Romeo and Juliet Current Event


This BBC news article talks about the prohibited love of a Christian woman and a Muslim man who lived in Egypt. They wanted to get married and start a family, but interfaith marriage in Egypt is illegal in the majority of the cases. The couple dated for about five years, but the lovers' families rejected them and prohibited them from seeing each other. In order to avoid more danger, the couple decided the split up and go separate ways, though they still loved each other very much.

This relates to Romeo and Juliet because they, like the couple of the article, have a prohibited love. In the case of the novel it is due to family rivalry, and the consequences of Juliet and Romeo getting married are far worse. We can see that both stories have a sad ending, for Shakespeare's characters die too soon to enjoy each other, and the Muslim man and Christian woman can't be together if they want to keep their lives.

I personally think that if two people love each other they have the right to be each other. By violating this their natural right of liberty is being violated. Religion is important, and family is just as important, but letting these factors get in the way of the person you want to spend the rest of your life with seems inhumane. Most religions value respect, tolerance and love towards our neighbours, yet marrying someone with different beliefs can cause death. Families are supposed to support each other and allow each other to be happy and safe, yet prohibiting something like marriage just portrays how some families are structured around prejudice and honor.

1 comment:

  1. Fascinating article! Quite sad that they had to choose between each other or their family.