• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Lysander and Romeos Transient Love. Shakespeare utilizes poetic language and transformative metaphors in both Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummers Night Dream, to present the treacherous pursuit of love as a blinding and transient experience

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Lauren Gallegos Prof. Rose English 105A February 21, 2011 Word Count: 1522 Lysander and Romeo's Transient Love Whether a comedy or a tragedy, William Shakespeare often portrays young men in love as intrepid, capricious creatures. In Romeo and Juliet, the title character of the play succumbs to his obsession with love, rendering him fearless to the conventions of society. Similarly, in A Midsummer's Night Dream, the pursuit of love leaves men under deep, yet evanescent spells, transforming them into emotionally driven warriors. Despite their differences in genre, the two plays examine the volatility of love, by comparing the phenomenon to allusions of hunting and battle. In constructing the overwhelming power of love, Shakespeare utilizes poetic language and transformative metaphors in both Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer's Night Dream, to present the treacherous pursuit of love as a blinding and transient experience. The volatility of love plays a crucial role in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Although considered one of the greatest love stories ever written, unlike A Midsummer's Night Dream, the lovers in the famous tragedy only know each other for a few fleeting days. While Romeo, a love struck young man, comes to view his feelings for Juliet as true, initially his infatuation with another women, named Rosaline, leaves him with the impression that love's "view is muffled still" (I. ...read more.

Middle

Romeo only further promotes this metaphorical war between the two ladies by ordering his "fair sun, to kill the envious moon" in order to facilitate their love (II.ii.4). By creating a metaphorical battle between Rosaline, and Juliet, Romeo transforms his old love for Rosaline into a obstacle he must overcome to validate his love for Juliet. By paralleling the act of love so closely to acts of violence, Shakespeare portrays love as a volatile yet powerful force. To emphasize the similarities between the pursuit of love to the act of war, Shakespeare utilizes violent language to transform the love affair between Romeo and Juliet into a volatile battle of survival. This portrayal of love is explored heavily in the infamous balcony scene of the play. Blinded to the inevitable consequences, in this powerful scene the two lovers fight against the conventions of reality. Like a warrior "with love's light winds", Romeo breaks through the "O'erperch walls " of his enemy, irrationally declaring that Juliet's love has made him "proof against their enmity" (II. ii. 65-67). Ignorant to the penalties his actions could bring by trespassing on his enemies property and vowing to elope with out permission, it is apparent that Romeo holds love higher than his own life. Believing his life were better ended by hate/Than death prorogu�d, wanting" Juliet's love, Romeo not only shies away from reality but he comes to view that the pursuit of love is a life or death fight, similar to act of war (II.ii.77-78). ...read more.

Conclusion

Before his descent into the forest where his affections for Hermia will be tested, Lysander clearly recognizes that lovers face a million obstacles and can be quickly separated by "war, death, or sickness" (I.iv. 24). Knowing that love can be volatile and often short lived, Lysander portrays the effects of love as "momentary as sound,/ Swift as a showdown, Short as any dream;/ Brief as the lighting collided in the light", so quick and in nature that "darkness do devour it up"(I.iv.25-30). However, Lysander ability to recognize the transience of love is what allows him to escape the same tragic end that befell on Romeo. The volatility of love, in A Midsummer's Night Dream is transformed and portrayed as humorous phenomenon, rather then a life ending power. Although Romeo and Lysander hold overwhelming similarities in the pursuit of love, their respective plays embody two very different genres. While A Midsummer's Night Dream features a tragic beginning, the final scene sticks to the classic comedic ending, with a final image of a valient young lover and his prosperous love. Romeo and Juliet on the other hand is a model tragedy, emphasizing loves power to bring "violent ends". Both Romeo and Lysander symbolize the figure of the hopeless romantic who is blinded to the consequences of chasing after forbidden love. However by the end of the play Lysander breaks free of the blinding and transient effects of love, and sustains, while Romeo succumbs to the destructive effects. ?? ?? ?? ?? Gallegos 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Innocence and Experience in "Atonement" and "The Go-Between"

    5 star(s)

    Leo's idealistic world of the Zodiac reflects his perception of the "heavenly bodies": Marian, Ted and Hugh, whom he reveres with his innate "sense of worship." Thus his inevitable disillusionment upon the discovery of Marian and Ted's affair - "Marian the Virgin of the Zodiac - how could she have sunk so low?"

  2. Marked by a teacher

    The English Patient

    5 star(s)

    To pass the time, Hana reads to the English patient-she assumes he is English by his manner and speech-and also gardens, fixes up the villa, and plays hopscotch. Sometimes she picks up the patient's notebook, a copy of Herodotus's The Histories marked throughout with his own notes, figures, and observations, and reads to him or to herself.

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Exploration of the ways that Shakespeare and Austen present us with different aspects ...

    3 star(s)

    The marriage between Jane Bennet and Charles Bingley is also a case of successful marriage. Elizabeth shows her feelings of the relationship when she says, '...really believed all his (Bingley) expectations of felicity, to be rationally founded, because they had for basis the excellent understanding, and super-excellent disposition of Jane,

  2. Compare the Role of Magic and the Supernatural in The Tempest and A Midsummer ...

    curtains of thine eye advance...no, wench, it eats and sleeps and hath such sense as we have-such. This gallant thou seest..." This makes us question just how natural the love between Ferdinand and Miranda is - are they in love at all?

  1. Compare and contrast how the destructive nature of love is presented in Shakespeares Othello, ...

    Similarly to Jed wanting to kill himself for the same reason; both characters had no one left to love them and therefore they were prepared to die. Sexual love is presented as destructive in Enduring Love and The Duchess of Malfi.

  2. How is forbidden love conveyed in both Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet and Malorie Blackmans ...

    love being forbidden to become apparent through the way that Romeo states that his death is for his ?love.? Shakespeare?s use of the word ?Here?s? conveys that Romeo is killing himself for his love. Additionally, the word ?here?s? would usually be used in a kind of toast or tribute towards something.

  1. Compare the ways in which Larkin and Duffy present the reality of love.

    Such starry-eyed notions are further seen in the third stanza; ?The glare of that much-mentioned brilliance, love,/ Broke out, to show/ Its bright incipience sailing above?. This is notably shown in the noun-phrase ?much-mentioned brilliance?, with the abstract noun ?brilliance? revealing the widow?s perception of love as a radiant entity.

  2. "Twelfth Night" review

    Men, however, are the most capable of doing such and so, and in following this principle Viola disguises herself in

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work