Comparing The Parents ' And Child 's Views On Marriage

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Jack Major
Mr. Holland
English 1-2CP
28 May 2015
The Contrast of the Parents’ and Child’s Views on Marriage: Romeo and Juliet
Love is an intricate and complex emotion that has varying amounts of true affection. One might think he is in love with someone, but once he meets a different person, he may change his affection. Generally people agree that love is the highest form of affection, an emotion that produces deeply happy feelings that few events can disrupt. This is true in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Both Romeo and Juliet are willing to die for their love of each other. Juliet originally wants nothing to do with marriage or love, but as the play progresses, her new belief in love, and faithfulness, contrasts with her parents’ and nurse’s views.
In the beginning of the play, Juliet has no interest in marriage, but once she meets Romeo she falls hopelessly in love. Romeo attends the Capulet party and sees Juliet. After he meets her and leaves, she asks the nurse who he is. When she reveals that he is a Montague Juliet is devastated: “My only love sprung from my only hate! / Too early seen unknown, and known too late! / Prodigious birth of love it is to me/ That I must love a loathed enemy”(1.5.152-153). Love is a powerful emotion not easily gained. For Juliet to say, “My only love” means that she believes Romeo is the first person she has truly loved. To loathe someone is to hate him. Juliet’s family is a sworn enemy of Romeo’s and she is not supposed to interact
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