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Love in Romeo and Juliet

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´╗┐Charles Quinn Honors English Love Essay ?O brawling love, O loving hate, O anything of nothing first created!? Widely regarded as the greatest writer and playwright of the English language, William Shakespeare expanded and changed the way people viewed literature drastically through his numerous books and plays. One of the most cherished and renowned pieces of his literature, Romeo and Juliet, is set in Verona, where two ?star-cross?d lovers? encounter the powerful nature of love to its greatest extent (Prologue.6). Shakespeare explores love and virtually all its aspects and depicts them numerously through the duration of the play. He harnesses the use of his characters to express these countless varieties seamlessly, and with it gains the ability to encompass several diverse themes of love in the novel. At first, Shakespeare is seen portraying an infatuating love through Romeo?s affection for Rosaline, later, as a romantic and genuine love represented through Romeo and Juliet, and finally, a bawdy and physical form through the views of Mercutio in order to show that although there are many different forms of love, they can all lead to misery, tragedy, and wrong. Shakespeare utilizes Romeo?s obsession with Rosaline in order to achieve the underlying message that all love can lead to unhappiness multiple times throughout Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.


He changed drastically from being exceedingly intense and gloomy to suddenly love-struck and blissful. This also proves Romeo?s feelings for Rosaline were solitarily infatuation, because he instantly forgets about those feelings and develops fresh ones that truly come from the depths of his heart. Romeo also uses intense personification to help describe Juliet?s importance and the feelings he has for her. When at the ball, Romeo says ?Oh, she doth teach the torches to burn bright? (1.5.42). Obviously, Juliet is not actually teaching the torches, but it is a way for him to say that Juliet is brighter than any of the torches in the room and is the light bringing happiness and warmth into his previously confusing and black world. In addition to Romeo using personification at the Capulet?s ball, he again uses powerful personification when he is talking about Juliet in the balcony scene, he says ?two of the fairest stars in all the heaven, having some business, do entreat her eyes to twinkle in their spheres till they return? (2.2.15-17). The stars cannot actually ask her eyes for a favor or have business elsewhere, but it is a way for Romeo to say her eyes are beautiful enough to replace two of the most beautiful and brilliant stars in the sky. ...read more.


Mercutio?s unfair views impeccably allow Shakespeare to accomplish the aspect of bawdy and physical love leading to wrong and injustice. Throughout the tragedy, Shakespeare is able to incorporate several different aspects of love successfully due to his use of characters expressing many of these varieties. Initially, Shakespeare utilizes the obsession and infatuating love Romeo feels for Rosaline in order to display love leading to depression and misery. Later in the drama, Shakespeare explores a very different form of love, an honest and romantic love clearly represented through Romeo and Juliet in order to prove the fact that love can lead to tragedy. Additionally, Shakespeare visits the very bawdy and physical views of Mercutio in order to encompass the reality that love can also result in wrong. Shakespeare finishes the play with the Prince saying that ?[there] never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo? (5.3.309-310). Shakespeare ends the play like this and presents all these diverse forms of love in order to show the audience that love can results in hopelessness, decease, and injustice, opposed to merely happiness and joy. Though love can easily result in happiness and joy, Shakespeare displays that tragedies can also equally occur. He demonstrates how brutal life can truly be and how harsh the real world is and teaches this unforgiving reality to his readers and viewers. ...read more.

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