Shakespeare - a Quest for Love

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“A Quest for Love”

Love controls our lives
Love fuels our passions and beholds our hearts
Love is pure
Love is driven
Love never judges
Love only listens to our desires as they course through our blood As love works its spell of bewitchment upon us

Rather we read Bronte, Tolstoy, Austin, or Shakespeare, there is one common thread among our favorite classic writers, and that is the theme of love. Love has been written about for centuries and for most of us, rather you are a peasant or a queen, love is something that each of us seek. We want to be swept off our feet, by that proverbial “Knight in Shining Armor,” and ride off on his white Stallion into the setting sun, to live happily ever after. We seek love to fill our hearts, and enrich our lives: “Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.” (Shakespeare)

From the first meeting between Romeo and Juliet (2.2, 1-190) we find that them talking about love. (2.2, 35-36) Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.

Juliet is ready to go to him and be his wife. She is ready to give up her life, her heritage and her name. She shall do all these things, if he only swears his undying love for her. Much can be deduced from this simple statement, as is this not what we all want? If we think about love from a romantic standpoint, yes would be the answer to that question. However, romantic love is not necessarily the only or the most important type of love.

Another type of love that is just as strong as romantic love is the love of one’s family. As You Like It, (1.3, 89-90)
Pronounce the sentence then on me, my liege.
I cannot live out of her company.

Celia clearly does not want to live without Rosalind. The love of family is clearly seen here. This type of love is the same undying unyielding type of love as romantic love can be, but we have a tendency to sometimes take family love for granted....
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