Romeo and Juliet and Love

Topics: Romeo and Juliet, Love, Characters in Romeo and Juliet Pages: 3 (985 words) Published: April 22, 2012
Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous and best written love stories to be ever made, and for a good reason. It takes love to a whole new meaning and level, and it challenged the reader to figure out what love truly is. Romeo and Juliet suggest many things about love, however, the three most important implications is the love is fake (based on looks; doesn’t really like who they are), love is a cause of violence, and love is a passionate, romantic force that can overpower someone.

Many people regard the love in Romeo and Juliet to be extremely romantic, passionate, and tragic. However, certain characters fall in and out of love frequently, hinting in that Shakespeare views love as fickle, or “puppy love”. For example, in the beginning of the play, Romeo is stricken with love for the lady Rosaline, who does not even know he exists. They have never spoken, yet Romeo swears eternal love for her just because of her looks. Ironically, he completely forgets about Rosaline as soon as he sees Juliet, swearing eternal love for her. He once again has only seen her beauty and has never spoken with her, yet he loves her. Another example is Paris’ love for Juliet. It is obvious that Paris does not truly love her; he only wants to marry her for her looks and to gain the approval of the wealthy Capulets. It can be argued the Rome’s love for Juliet is also “fake”. When he is banished from Verona, he says, “Tis torture, and not mercy. Heaven is here Where Juliet lives, and every cat and dog And little mouse, every unworthy thing, Live here in heaven and may look on her, But Romeo may not” (143). When he is banished, the first comment he makes is that he will be unable to look at Juliet’s beauty instead off all he other things about her. He acts as if that is all he cares about; he does not even mention anything else about her. Another example is when he sees her in the death-like trance. He says, “O my love, my wife! Death, that hath suck'd the honey of thy breath Hath had...
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