Romeo and Juliet by WIlliam Shakespere

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Love is a four-letter word most people experience and claim to understand, however, it is to be remembered that language of simplicity can hold a richer meaning. Love can bear more than one definition; a great deal of complexity is hidden behind the word, love. In Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet love is an inescapable feeling concealed in the lives and spirits of the two main characters. It can be described as a feeling of affection towards someone, which holds a strong relation and/or adherence with the individual expressing these thoughts of love. Through Romeo and Juliet the lovers demonstrate how love has, and always will, have a tremendous impact while continuing to play a meaningful and unpredictable role in their lives. Something else that is unpredictable in life is death. Death is a moment in which a life ends, an event commonly seen through many of Shakespeare’s pieces. As witnessed in the eyes of Romeo and Juliet their relationship incorporates love and death. It is necessary to obtain some insight on the relationship between love and death, in order to understand advantageously. Certain aspects in the play Romeo and Juliet help grasp the genuine understanding of the relationship between love and destruction. This relationship is recognized by; the lovers forbidden love, the fear of death fueling their love as well as the fast growth and deepening of their love. Loving your friend, partner, family member or an object, are all forms of love. The Greek word philia describes the care and love for a friend or family member. In Act I scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare introduces philia by creating the rivalry between the Capulet and the Montague families. Both families avoid contact with one another, to prevent di... ... middle of paper ... ...d, the intensity of their relationship and the speed of their love helped create a better appreciation between love and destruction. Romeo and Juliet brings out the different types and understandings of love. Perhaps the true meaning behind Shakespeare’s play was to show the readers how much passion could fill the hearts of life long enemies. After all, love and death are both two major themes found in this piece. Needless to say, the strength exerted in the play’s themes is what allowed Romeo and Juliet’s love to live on forever, even though both their poor souls ended up dead. Remember through Romeo and Juliet’ example; that those who have not loved have not yet lived and those you love too deeply find no need to live life because love carries on through death. Works Cited Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. New York: Signet Classics, 1986.
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