Described as one of the greatest love stories of all time, Romeo and Juliet is also a very complicated one. There has been bad blood between the Montague and Capulet families for as long as their generations have lived. The hostility between the two families was so destructive that no human being and no God had the power to diminish it. The story tells us of a young Montague boy, Romeo, and a young Capulet girl, Juliet, who fall madly in love with each other at first sight. Their love for one another is so powerful and irresistible that it brings the feud between the families to an end.
In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the views of love held by the character Romeo contrast sharply with the views of Mercutio. Romeo's character seems to suffer from a type of manic depression. He is in love with his sadness, quickly enraptured and easily crushed again on a passionate roller coaster of emotion. Mercutio, by contrast is much more practical and level headed. His perceptions are clear and quick, characterized by precise thought and careful evaluation. Romeo, true to his character begins his appearance in the play by wallowing in his depression over Rosaline who does not return his love:
Just as the Friar says in the beginning of the Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet, “Wisely and slowly, they stumble that run fast.” (II.iii.94). this was a sign of foreshadowing for for the death of the lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Even though fate was a factor that had contributed to a tragic end, there was also personal choice involved, and ultimately, the story may have had a different ending if it weren’t for the flaws of the lovers and their inability to have a grip on reality in dire circumstances. Over the course of the play, the lovers from the conflicting households have not matured and remain rather static in development. Furthermore, in this tragedy, the only son of the montages remains rather childlike, Juliet still seems immature and their relationship over all seems more like a play act on lover rather then something mature and sustainable. Overall, from start to finish, Romeo and Juliet were living in the moment, being absurd and silly rather then focusing on the future and trying to work problems out effectively.
Using the characters of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare shows that one’s actions in love can make people suffer. Upon meeting, Romeo and Juliet kiss, and seem to be falling in love, although only knowing each other for a little while. When Juliet leaves, she goes to her balcony, and Romeo sees her, then says to himself that he loves her more than anything.
“Well, you have made a simple choice, you know not how to choose a man: Romeo? No, not he; though his face be better than any man’s and for a hand and a foot and a body, though they be not to be talked on, yet they are past compare. He is not the flower of courtesy, but I’ll warrant him, as gentle as a lamb. Go thy ways, wench, serve God. What, have you dined at home?” (Shakespeare 2.5 38-44) The nurse says that while Romeo is very attractive, he is not very kind and rude. Romeo could also be described as selfish and conceited. Why would Juliet fall in love with a jerk? Because he’s hot. Romeo swears his love to Juliet on the moon the night they decide to get married. Juliet says to “swear not by the moon, th’inconstant moon” (Shakespeare 2.2 109). The moon is a feminine symbol that stands for eternity and the rhythm of time. While Romeo intends to swear his love on the constant rhythm and time of the moon, Juliet believes that because of the “monthly changes in her circled orb, lest that thy prove likewise variable”, it would be inconsistent to swear love on the moon (Shakespeare 2.2 110-11). Juliet is starting to love Romeo, not just for his looks, by wanting him to swear his love on something more constant and stable. Juliet doesn’t want their love to be
In Romeo and Juliet, the tragic love story, emotion is also surrounded with both the protagonists and brought themselves a tragic ending. Early in the story, Romeo and Juliet made an unacceptable forbidden decision which created a path towards their graves. After knowing themselves as the enemy of their household, the two teenagers yet fall in love with each other. Their idiotic actions of love have brought themselves a road to death at the end. Is unworthy to cost your life by your foolish decision. Furthermore, Romeo made another decision out of momentary anger and caused himself a disastrous problem. After Mercutio's death, out of anger Romeo duel with Tybalt and demands to slay him. After his revenge, he brought a death sentence on himself if he is ever found within the city again.
Romeo has an obsessive personality. The morning before he meets Juliet, he is obsessing on Rosaline. To see Rosaline, Romeo snuck into a Capulet’s party; once there, he meets Juliet and instantly he forgets his obsession of Rosaline, thinking Juliet is the most beautiful creature on earth. Friar Lawrence even acknowledges this when he states, “Young men’s love then lies / Not truly in their hearts but in their eyes” (II iii 67-68). Romeo’s affection is easily swayed from Rosaline to Juliet.
Different Presentations Of Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet In Romeo and Juliet there are many different types of love. The main type is the true love between Romeo and Juliet. Another type of love is the materialistic love of possessions and power. Capulet and lady Capulet's love for Juliet is the love the power they have over her.
Romeo and Juliet is a play that explains the strong love between two teenagers that soon results in their demise. This play is categorized as one of Shakespeare’s tragedy plays. Yet, many people prefer categorize this play as a romance or play about love. What does this really mean you might be asking. I think that a play about love means that this play is attempting to explain what love is and why it makes people do the things they do. I believe this because throughout the first act it discusses Romeo’s past love and how it affected him. It also describes the love that begins to develop between Romeo and Juliet just through a single conversation and a kiss. However, there are many different views on love throughout just the first act.
Different Types of Love Explored in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet In this essay, I will illustrate the ways in which Shakespeare incorporates a cleverly blended mixture of love and death into Romeo and Juliet. I will also consider the various forms of love, alongside other emotions that make Romeo and Juliet so emotive, and the language used to present these themes. I will now illustrate the inextricable link between love and death. Even before the drama unfolds, Shakespeare links love and death in the prologue, where he suggests that the death of the two lovers was pre-ordained in the stars: “From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life;” (Prologue, lines 5-6)