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The Nature Of Love In Romeo And Juliet - With A Free Essay Review
Girdwood; ENG 1 D; Mrs. Peters; 16 Dec 2011
The Days of Romeo and the Fairest Maiden of all Verona
Throughout the years, the teenagers in our lives have always dated, had an urge to do things they are not supposed to, made stupid decisions not knowing the consequences of the situation they have put themselves into, and it always seems to be that young love can never wait. In William Shakespeares play Romeo and Juliet, two teenage star-crossed lovers fall in love. Not knowing where this will lead them in the future. The two embark on a short journey of hardships, only with the thought and hope, one day they will be able to be together, without being hated by their kin. In William Shakespeares play Romeo and Juliet the two main characters share a very loving relationship due to their friendship, physical attraction and dedication to one another.
Romeo and Juliet share a very loving relationship because of their very strong friendship. In the readers mind, it is truly insanity: if you could imagine these two lovers only having met just a few short days ago yet, still sharing a wonderful connection, knowing they are truly in love, and not just love struck. The friendship of Romeo and Juliet is flowering throughout the whole play. It constantly is building onto a new level; these two lovers know if either one of them was to part from the other, they would find some way to be with each other, or else die trying to find a way. No matter what, the two stay together, even if something horrible were to happen to them. They support each other on everything, and share a connection which seems crazy but is incredible when you think about it. Firstly, Romeo says, I would I were thy bird, Juliet then says, Sweet, so would I, I would kill thee with much cherishing (II. iii, 185). They are saying, if you were a little bird, that I could keep and pet in the palm of my hand, I would love you so much, that I would kill you; I would crush you with too much kindness that is just how much I would love you. This indicates there are no doubts the two are sharing this beautiful loving connection, and strong friendship. It is clear the two lovers have a strong friendship because when Romeo is banished for having slain Tybalt- the cousin of his newly, ever so fair wife, - he departs for Mantua and Juliet tells her nurse to go and give to Romeo a ring and have him come back to Verona, where the two would spend their wedding night, together, as they wished to do so. Juliet says, Oh, find him! Give this ring to my true knight, and bid him come to take his last farewell (III. ii, 142-143). Juliet is saying, I need to say good bye to him, he will not leave without his last farewell, he will not leave me with the worry, she just knows it. She knows her Romeo is too sweet, and too much of a romantic to not say goodbye to his one true love, whom he has just married just a few short hours ago. To summarize, Romeo and Juliet share this friendship and connection which, although unimaginable for some, is very strong and beautiful for the two teenage lovers.
Also, Juliet and Romeo share a very loving relationship, due to their intense physical attraction. The first moment they met each other it was like something in the air had purposely drawn them together; it was purely love at first sight. When Romeo is secretly attending the Capulet ball with all his cousins, he is constantly admiring Rosaline- the one who he loves -yet, she has no interest in him. When he spots Juliet, he automatically stops and looks, in wonder and awe, at this ever so beautiful creature that has just entered the Capulet party. Romeo is just so taken by this beautiful girl, whom he knows nothing about yet, but who he is extremely interested in. He forgets all about Rosaline and realizes what he felt for Rosaline was not love but lust and infatuation. The beauty that he now sees is love at first sight; a true love; someone who he knows instantly; he wants to spend the rest of his life with, admiring and tending to her every need. All these events happen quickly and Romeo is simply taken over by Juliets beauty, it seems crazy but these are the thoughts which were going through the mind of Romeo at the time. Amazingly, it only took one single moment for him to notice her, and he fell truly, madly, deeply, in love with Juliet. The two share a very interesting physical attraction because while Romeo is attending the Capulet ball, and sees Juliet he stands admiring her beauty from afar. He says, Oh she doth teach the torches to burn bright, beauty, too rich for use, for an earth too dear! For I neer saw true beauty till this night (I.v, 45-54). Juliet also says, Romeo, doff thy name, And for thy name, which is no part of thee, Take all myself (II. ii, 47-49).She is saying you are so beautiful, I want you, I need you, and if you want me, you can take me, I`m ready for this, please just take me, take my soul, my whole body, I want you for the rest of my life. When Juliet is saying this, she has absolutely no clue Romeo is beneath her in the bushes, stirring trouble, trying to get even the slightest glimpse of the fairest girl in the land, whom he loves ever so much. In this quotation Juliet is clearly stating she loves Romeo, she wants Romeo, and she will do whatever it takes to have him, and if he wants her bad enough, he will give up his family name for hers, and he will take all of her, as his beautiful bride. This is just how much these two teenage lovers love each other. Even when Juliet has taken the poison from Friar Laurence to fake her own death, for her love, when Romeo comes to her tomb, and awaits by her death bed, to pray, admire , kiss her, and say his last goodbye he still believes, although she is dead, she is just as beautiful as she was when living. He says, Death that hath sucked the honey of thy breath, Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty thou art not conquered (V. iii, 92-94) Romeo again, in the tomb later says, Why art thou yet so fair?... (V. iii, 102-115) To conclude, both Romeo and Juliet think each other as equally being as beautiful as the stars, Gods, Heavens, they both are taken by each other`s beauty very much.
Furthermore, the two teenage lovers share a loving relationship because of their dedication of to one another. This is what really puts the audience of the Globe Theatre truly sitting on the edge of their seats, when these two teenage lovers try to convince their families that they are truly in love, they just do not understand, these two lovers cannot live without each other, if one is killed, the other will take their own life, just to be with the one they truly love. When Juliet finds her cousin Tybalt has been slain by her newly wed husband, she wonders if she should speak ill of her husband because he has just killed her cousin, but, she knows better If Romeo has killed Tybalt, it must have been for a sure reason of self- defense, or true love. Juliet knows Romeo better than that; she knows he would never try to kill Tybalt on purpose, unless there was some kind of pure method behind his madness. Juliet says, But, wherefore Villain, didst, thou kill my cousin that villain cousin would have killed my husband`` (III. ii, 100-101). This quotation indicates Juliet is basically saying if Mercutio had not stepped into the fight, in place of Romeo, and if Romeo had not have been as strong as to kill Tybalt then Romeo would have died. Although Juliet is upset over the death of her cousin she is still thankful that Romeo lived to see their wedding night, even though he has been banished from Verona. When Juliet is weeping in her room for the banishment of her Romeo, she says, Wash they his wounds with tears? Mine shall be spent, When theirs are dry, for Romeos banishment``(III. Ii, 130-131). Juliet is saying she is not as much upset, but just so furious that he had to be banished the very night they were to spend the evening of their wedding together. Juliet is still upset, but moreso frustrated with the laws of Verona, and the rulings of the Prince, who has banished her Romeo from Verona and from his fair beauty, Juliet. As readers, some of us might call it the true definition of insanity but, for Romeo and Juliet, this was their life, and they truly thought one day they would be able to be together, live in harmony, with their families loving them both. To conclude, Romeo and Juliet share a very daring, inspiring, and incredible, dedication towards each other.
In conclusion, Romeo and Juliet the two main characters share a very loving relationship due to their amity, physical desire, and perseverance towards one another. Back in the times when Romeo and Juliet would have dated there were things which existed like arranged marriages, and thus we have our story. Romeo and Juliet two star-crossed lovers knew they were never supposed to be together. They were teenagers; we all were at one time. Teenagers often are confused; they make stupid choices, and do not realize what is to come of those choices which they have made. They look to their parents, or in this case, Friar to get them out of these situations. When desperate times call for desperate measures, Romeo and Juliet take their own lives for the one they truly love. Some readers see this is as beautiful, yet tragic. Others find it revolting, horrendous and it leaves them feeling dissatisfied with Shakespeare, and disappointed, in the two lovers, that they would resort to such permanent and drastic decisions just for young love. Their kin eventually forgive them for having taken their lives, knowing thereafter exactly the reasons why they would do such a thing. Today we live in a society where, we are not persecuted if we long to join in holy matrimony with someone whom is of a different race, religion, culture, sexual orientation and so on. This gives us the freedom to date, to see whomever we desire to. Romeo and Juliet, never had that chance, but today we do, and we take it very for granted. It seems today, there is someone out there for everyone no matter if you are a young girl waiting for her Romeo or a young man waiting for his Romeo. Clearly, One could argue, love isnt for everyone, some people feel its fate which has doomed them with being lone, and not having a significant other to embrace, or come home to at the end of a hard days work, but if two young star-crossed lovers can fall in love with just one gaze into each others eyes, and think they have young love all figured out, one could wonder why so many people say they cannot find true love, when Romeo and Juliet found it that easily, and kept it.
Although the essay has three distinct paragraphs dealing with what you consider three different causes or explanations of the love between Romeo and Juliet, and therefore it is obvious that you have put some thought into its organization, your writing does tend to meander quite a bit. The last paragraph is an entanglement of loosely related ideas that seems ultimately to confuse the fictional world of Shakespeare's imagination with the real world. The paragraphs devoted to the elucidation of different aspects of the love shared by the protagonists seem the product of free association and invention rather than close analysis of the text. In short, you seem to make a lot of stuff up, stuff that sounds reasonably close to the kind of things that might go on in the supposed minds of the characters, but stuff nonetheless that does not actually exist anywhere in the play.
Consider your paragraph on the physical attraction between the lovers. It begins with a long but very loose paraphrase of the supposed thoughts which were going through the mind of Romeo at the time" he first sees Juliet. The only important thing I have to communicate to you in this review is the following fact: you have no access whatsoever to any thoughts going through Romeo's mind at any time beyond the lines the characters are given to speak and the actions Romeo is given to perform. So your task is to quote those lines and refer to those actions and, crucially, interpret their significance. In this paragraph on physical attraction you do quote some lines, but you don't interpret their significance. You leave that up to your reader. That seems a bit unfair. You are the one writing the essay, so it's your job to do the work of interpretation. Moreover, you misquote Romeo; that is to say, you leave out some of the words from the quotation without indicating that you are doing so. Here's the full quotation, with a few additional lines:
"O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear;
Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!
So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows,
As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows.
The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand,
And, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand.
Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight!
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.'
Now if you want to cite lines like these (they are possibly good lines to cite if you want to claim that Romeo's love for Juliet is based on physical attraction), then you ought to explain what they mean, at least to the extent that what they mean is not obvious. So what does it mean to say that Juliet teaches "the torches to burn bright." That's not obvious, is it? The point is that she is exceptionally bright; she glows brighter than torches do. Even that, however, doesn't get us at the literal meaning. It's not as though you could put Juliet on a stick, hold her above your head in a dark cave, and find your way about. She burns brighter than a torch, but only figuratively speaking. The lines you leave out of your quotation make Romeo's meaning a little clearer: "It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night / Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear; " The first part of this quotation probably causes the reader to anticipate a comparison between Juliet and a bright star in the firmament, but instead with get a jewel in the ear of an "Ethiope." The idea presumably is not just that she is bright, but that she stands out against a background of darkness. This is confirmed by the next simile (she's like a dove among crows) where what is again emphasized is contrast, and the meaning is fixed by the clarification of the other term of that simile (As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows.) Juliet's "fellows" are all the other ladies. She's so bright, white, shiny, or whatever, that she makes everyone else look rather dull or dark. Romeo then suggests, in imagining he would receive a blessing by touching her hand, that she is not merely beautiful but also beatific. And finally he forswears the idea that he ever loved before, and bases that disavowal of former love on the claim that Juliet's beauty is without compare. This forswearing necessarily includes disavowing his ardently proclaimed love for Rosaline. It's probably worth noting that the love he professes for Rosaline at the outset is professed with similar if less purple language. Rosaline for him was also matchless in her radiance ("The all-seeing sun / ne'er saw her match since first the world begun"). It seems to me, then, that Romeo remains childishly obsessed not just with appearance or beauty but with what he calls "measure." In the first few lines above he is doing (or taking) the measure of Juliet, and for him that means seeing how she measures up to others, how she compares with others. Having deliberately compared her to all her fellows, and found her the most radiantly beautiful of all, he then decides he loves her. That's not love based on physical attraction; it's love based on calculation of differences.
So why have I been going on like this for so long? Why am I trying to come up with an interpretation of those lines? Again, it is because you leave me, your reader, with the task of interpreting lines you cite when you don't bother to interpret them yourself (and perhaps because I also want to give you an idea of what I am talking about when I talk about interpretation). That's both a selfish and dangerous thing for an essayist to do. Your job is to tell me what to think and persuade me to think what you want me to think (i.e., to convince me of the necessity of your interpretation) not to invite me to do the work and come to my own conclusions which might end up being very different from yours, as seems to have happened here. Put differently, your job is to teach me something about the play. You can't do that if you just make stuff up, or loosely paraphrase, or guess what is likely going through the nonexistent minds of characters, which is what so much of your essay does. So, stop making stuff up. Quote relevant lines. Explain and interpret them instead of loosely paraphrasing them. Then you'll have an essay that is actually about the play.
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Essay About Love in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
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Throughout the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, various types of love are portrayed. According to some of the students of Shakespeare, Shakespeare himself had accumulated wisdom beyond his years in matters pertaining to love (Bloom 89). Undoubtedly, he draws upon this wealth of experience in allowing the audience to see various types of love personified. Shakespeare argues that there are several different types of love, the interchangeable love, the painful love and the love based on appearances, but only true love is worth having.
The first type of love the audience is introduced to is the interchangeable love of Benvolio. According to Benvolio, a man should love a woman for only the duration of their relationship. If their relationship should end, the man should feel no grief. If the woman rejects the man initially, he should still feel no grief. In either situation, the man should simply start a relationship with another woman. “But in that crystal scales let there be weighed/ Your lady’s love against some other maid/ That I will show you shining at this feast, /And she shall scant show well that now seems best” (I.ii.103-106). Benvolio's definition of love shows the audience two things about Benvolio: he is a womanizer and he has never before experienced true love.
The next definition of love comes from Romeo, before he met Juliet. According to his definition, love is painful “Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs” (I.i.197). “Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, / Too rude, too boist’rous, and it pricks like thorn” (I.iv.25-26). He keeps to himself, not venturing out much in daylight, or even allowing it into his room: “Shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out” (I.i.142). I believe Romeo is both right and wrong: unrequited love is painful, but Romeo does not truly love - as he is merely infatuated by a woman.
Another type of love we are exposed to during the same scene is the love of Lady Capulet. Lady Capulet, as well as The Nurse, believes love comes from appearance, both physical and political, and has nothing to do with emotion. She shows this when she speaks favorably of Paris's looks and his nobility. She also shows that it is a superficial love by the way she treats Capulet when she publicly denounces him. “ CAP: What noise is this?
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Definition Of Love Various Types Romeo Two Works Juliet Tragedy Of Romeo Bloom Duration Thorn Scales
Give me my long sword, ho! LADY CAP: A crutch, A crutch! Why call you for a sword” (I.i.76-78)?
Paris has a similar view of love. His love for Juliet appears to be pure, but his reason does not. He loves Juliet for her appearance and nothing else. He has never even dated her or discussed with her issues that are important to him or to her. He regards her more as property than as an individual. At Juliet’s death chamber, Paris shows how selfish his love is. When he believes Juliet is dead (in Act IV) he seems sorrier for his own loss than for Juliet’s parents’ loss. He loves Juliet as much as he can love anyone, but his love cannot be considered true love because of his selfishness.
Throughout the play, the audience sees what is defined as true love in our society. This
love is the deep, all consuming love that carries with it feelings of trust and commitment,
the love that is exemplified by Romeo and Juliet. The definition of true love, which
Shakespeare provides, shows that all the other characters' definitions of love leave a lot to
be desired. It also shows that when two people are truly in love, there is sometimes pain, the
pain of separation or the pain of feeling another’s suffering. It shows that lovers are not
interchangeable, and that love transcends appearance. It proves that all the other love in the
play is valueless. When two people are feeling true love, they are not selfish toward one
another, do not care about appearances, and find it very difficult to live without one
In the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, many types of love are shown. Different people experience different types of love, according to their emotional makeup. Not everyone is capable of experiencing love to the degree which Romeo and Juliet experienced it. However, it is apparent that Shakespeare views true love as the ultimate goal of loving, though not always pain-free, and that those who are capable of embracing it are to be admired and possibly even envied.
Bloom, Harold. Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human. New York: Penguin Putnam, 1998.
Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. New York: Washington Square Press, 1992.