One seeks to change his or her identity, or to create a new one, in order to find love. In both Dickens’ novel and Shakespeare’s play, the two protagonists, driven by love, flee from their normal lives in order to search for a better existence. Shakespeare illustrates that when love consumes people, they will do whatever it takes to protect it: “There my Lysander and myself shall meet, and thence from Athens turn away our eyes to seek new friends and stranger companies” (Shakespeare I.i.222-224). Shakespeare asserts that the two characters Lysander and Hermia must protect their love, so they choose to run away into the forest. In order to protec...
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...ns shows what happens when one chases false pretenses. Pip’s entire reason for obtaining a higher social status exists because off of an assumption he believes about Miss. Havisham and Estella’s feelings for him.
Both Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare portray love as a driving force for one to adapt and find a new identity. Both authors encourage the audience and reader to follow love, but however, to not find it necessary to change one’s identity in order to find that love. The young girl in school soon realizes that she does not need to change herself in order to capture the boy’s attention. She realizes that who she is, her identity, will prevail and she will find someone who appreciates her true personality. One can only feel truly happy and can only experience true, organic love if he or she remains true to him or herself and embraces his or her identity.
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