Essay about R&J and Ge Compare and Contrast

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Dai 1 Kevin Dai Word Count: 1146 Compare and Contrast (Romeo and Pip) Love is a topic that innumerable authors delight in writing about. In each of their masterpieces, love is a driving force in he or she’s makeup. The main characters of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Dicken’s Great Expectations, Romeo and Pip, are no exception. Although Romeo and Pip live in very different environments, love affects their maturity, loyalty, and fluctuating mood. Love drastically changes both Pip and Romeo’s maturity throughout both works. In the beginning of the play, Romeo sorrowfully conveys that Rosaline “[lives uncharmed] [f]rom Love’s weak childish bow…”(Kinsella 777). Romeo, starting off deep in ecstacy, describes love as a “weak childish bow” …show more content…
Pip maturely releases his irrational desires for Estella’s love and forgives her for any personal injuries done to him. Pip’s long journey for Estella’s love transformed him from a superficial dreamer to a mature gentleman. Though both initially romantic idealists, Romeo and Pip both become more realistic and learn to cope with the harsh aspects of love. The power of love also impacts the loyalty of both characters. At the Capulet’s party, the enlightened Romeo looks at Juliet and claims that “[he] ne’er saw true beauty till this night” (Kinsella 788). Before the party, Romeo was infatuated with Rosaline (saying that he “[n]e’er saw her match since first the world begun”), but when he notices Juliet, newfound love drives away and replaces his previous loyalty (Kinsella 780). On the day of Pip’s pursuit of expectations, he assures Joe “that [he] shall never forget [him]” (Dickens 115). Pip’s need to reassure Joe discloses that he has a premonition that his loyalty will be shaken. His love for Estella is pulling him away from the person who ought to have Pip’s complete loyalty. After Mercutio’s death at the hand of Tybalt,

Dai 3 Romeo, utters that Juliet’s “beauty hath made [him] effeminate / [a]nd in [his] temper soft’ned valor’s steel” (Kinsella 822). Romeo believes that love for Juliet has dragged him too far from his loyalty to Mercutio, whom Romeo thinks is just as important. When Joe mentions Estella’s

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