Is Romeo and Juliet a Love Story?

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Is Romeo and Juliet a Love Story? Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.' Erich Fromm. Romeo and Juliet is based on immature love, and is not a true love story. Love is a great source of passion throughout the world. Though love is considered a good emotion, it can also be one of the biggest flaws a person can have. When one is in love, they will basically do anything to be with the one they love. They don’t care about the number of rules they break, or how much they change themselves, as long as they can be with the one they truly love. They may take drastic measures from defying their parents and friends to committing suicide. Shakespeare shows the power of love and the affect it has, through one of the most well-known love stories in the world. Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet brings the audience through the brief relationship between Romeo and Juliet; even though it is short it is complex. We are shown love, hate, passion and commitment. In the end, we are shown how true love leass to true sacrifice. Is it possible that love at first sight really exists? That forces such as fate, can make a person find true love and never let go no matter the circumstances? The answers to these questions can be found in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The Capulet’s and the Montague’s are enemies with hate that runs deep, but as it would happen Romeo a Montague and Juliet a Capulet are the break in the hate. The moment Romeo lays eyes on Juliet he knows she is the one and asks himself "Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight, for i ne'er saw true beauty till this night (1.3.53)." Romeo and Juliet remain together against all hate that blocks their love, and betray their... ... middle of paper ... ... more closely. Works Cited Forrest, D. V. "Love at First Sight: Why You Love Who You Love." American Journal of Psychiatry 161.12 (2004): 2337-338. Print. "Love Poems And Quotes- The Most Romantic Love Poems on the Web -." Love Poems And Quotes. N.p., Aug. 2013. Web. 09 May 2014. . "Quizlet." Cards: Characteristics of a Tragedy. N.p., Jan. 2013. Web. 09 May 2014. . Shakespeare, William. ... The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. New Haven: Yale, 1937. Print. "Tragedies." Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, n.d. Web. 09 May 2014. . "What Is Love: Theories on the Greatest Emotion of All Time." World News. N.p., 13 Dec. 2012. Web. 09 May 2014. .
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