Romeo and Juliet: Views of Love

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Love Essay

Love is defined as a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. This emotion is so passionate it can even be considered dangerous. Without love, it is often next to impossible for one to survive. People in this world often conceptualize that love is necessary and crave the feeling of being in love. With that said, what is truly confusing is if people are truly in love with another person, or are they just in love with the ideology of being in love. In Ancient Greece, love was viewed in many different ways. For example, they thought it could be agape, eros, or philia. Agape refers to the pure views of love or the “love of the soul.” Another view on love is philia, which is a disspassionate love one feels for family members and can mean “love of the mind.” Love can also be eros which is passionate love, with sensual desire and longing. Eros can mean “love of the body.” With that said, in the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, the two main characters fall in such a passionate love that it deeply affects an already corrupted society. Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, were from houses that depsised one another, but due to the fact Romeo fell in love with Juliet before even talking to her at a party, he had no idea she was a Capulet. Romeo had just fallen out of a truly pure love or agape, and he could not get over his last lover. When he falls in love with Juliet after just one look, eros takes over and her perfect beauty overwhelms him. Little did he know that his fate was far from perfect. Love is so blinding to Romeo that once he got caught into its' trap, no matter what the obstacle he could not get out. Despite the fact Juliet was who she was, or that there was a miniscule likelyhood that they would ever end up happily together did not even phase Romeo. Toward the end, Romeo despises love because it took Juliet away from him. He often wrestles the questions of love because he does not understand the consequences that come along with it. As for Juliet, she faces many social hardships with loving Romeo. Although her parents are begging her to marry Count Paris, she would rather kill herself than marry a man she does not love. Juliet is more agape than Romeo causing her to make rash decisions toward the end of the novel. Romeo is more in love with the ideas of love than Juliet. With that in mind, Shakespeare's views on love can not just be answered in a definition. He wrote the play to answer questions about love, so he had many different opinions because love is so diverse. I believe he thought love is so strong that it can blind people making it difficult to see what reality truly is. In my opinion, I believe love is confusing and in certain situations love can be more difficult and in some less. I believe that love is the strongest emotion a person feels and it is necessary to live, which is proved at the end of the play. In conclusion, in the play Romeo and Juliet, views on love are constantly changed and questions of love are answered that are exemplified through the actions of the characters.

Romeo is wonderstruck as soon as Juliet's eyes meet his. His world is changed and there is no turning back. Prior to this inevitable feeling of love taking over, love had deteriorated Romeo's spirits. His lover before Juliet, Rosaline, had broken his heart and refused to love him back. Due to this happening, he is very depressed in the beginning of the play. Being so passionate about love, Romeo could not function. He was so distraught that he questioned the existence of love itself. If he could not even love, then what is the purpose in life. He describes love from very dark thoughts: “Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs;/
Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes;/Being vex'd a sea nourish'd with lovers' tears:/What is it else? a madness most discreet, A choking gall and a preserving sweet.”(I, i, 197-201) Now that love did not have presence in Romeo's life, he...
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