Nearly all romantic tales and movies since Shakespeare have been a re-telling of Romeo & Juliet, but I found a radical break in that history in the film 300.
When it comes to “love,” we’ve heard the same story told over and over again. When it comes to romantic relationships, there is one narrative that permeates through every film or novel of love lost and gained. It’s the story of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and romantic writers never seem to tire of repeating its destructive aims.
That’s right. Romeo and Juliet is a tale of destruction, and it’s no wonder that the divorce rate is skyrocketing and people are falling “in and out of love.” We are drowning in poor examples and models of what relationships are for, but no one appears to be breaking the pattern. At least not until a little film entitled 300.
Relationships are a Means to an End
Shakespeare finished his play with the line, “For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” And although the feuding families reconciled after the death of the young lovers, the destruction was already done. Romeo and Juliet had cast off the wishes of their families because their love became primary, and THAT has been the theme of every romantic tale ever since.
So what’s the problem? Misplaced priorities! Regardless of Shakespeare’s intent, we have taken from it the idea that once we fall in love, the relationship becomes the single most important thing and that’s where we fail. A relationship is not designed to carry that burden, and that’s because…
A relationship is a means to an end and not the end itself.
Elite families understand this because the accumulation of wealth and property has to be managed and sustained over multiple generations, so these families cannot “afford” to haphazardly fall in and out of love. This is why marriages were arranged for so long in history. Nobody was following the Romeo and Juliet model. It was too risky because divorce was too costly!
A Radical Break with Shakespeare’s Model
But who wants an arranged marriage? Shouldn’t we have a say so in who we spend our lives with?
Well, now we consider the love story as portrayed in the violent film 300, which tells the tale of the Spartan war with Persia, and although it is replete with bloodshed and violence, it is based on a love story. It’s the romantic tale of a king and his queen.
For me, the film 300 represents a radical break with the pattern we saw in Romeo and Juliet, and in my opinion, it presents us with a strong but neglected truth we all need to consider about our romantic relationships.
A New But Old Way of Looking at Relationships
This is what I’m covering in my new 5-message video series Romeo & Juliet vs. 300: A Tale of Two Love Stories. This is all being shown in my Life Domination Online Coaching Program, but as always, I’m showing the first episode for free. Watch it now.
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