Romeo and Juliet: Love, Marriage, and All That Good Stuff
"One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love". That quote is attributed to the Greek philosopher, Sophocles, and while it may be true in some cases, this is not true in Romeo and Juliet. As evidenced in Romeo and Juliet, by the Immortal Bard, William Shakespeare, Mercutio, Juliet, and Romeo all have different views on love, which influences their decisions. Mercutio does not believe in love for himself, but he does believe in carnal desire; Juliet believes in love but not marriage until she meets Romeo; and Romeo believes love is a horse – the minute you fall off, you get right back on. Mercutio has a playful view of love. For example, before they go to the party, Romeo says, “I have a soul of lead,” (I.iv.15) and Mercutio replies, “You are a lover. Borrow Cupid’s wings/ And soar above them with a common bound” (I.iv.17-18). Mercutio does not believe that love can hurt anyone. He wishes for Romeo to be in love but not pained by it. Furthermore, Romeo still wishes to hold the candle at the party and Mercutio remarks, “If thou art dun, we’ll draw thee from the mire – /Or … love – wherein thou stickest” (I.iv.41-42). Mercutio offers to help Romeo out of his current love by giving him a new love. Mercutio also refers to love as a dirty word, due to his saying of save your reverence. In conclusion, when Romeo says, “[I]t pricks like a thorn” (I.iv.26), referring to love, before the party, Mercutio says, “Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down” (I.iv.28).He thinks that Romeo is in love, and will get no sexual relief from the love, so therefore Mercutio feels for Romeo’s sadness. Mercutio wants Romeo to be happy, so he wants Romeo to have a love he can get sex out of. Mercutio does not believe in serious love, but sexual desire. Juliet, as a noble girl, should believe in marrying the perfect prince, but she does not. Firstly, when Juliet’s mother, after Paris has expressed...
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