Romeo and Juliet Essay - Misconceptions Between Love and Lust

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Thursday, March 27th, 2013

Misconceptions between Love and Lust in Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet

The act of falling in love was an experience and privilege that was rare to come by in the society Romeo and Juliet live in. The blessing of marriage was used as an enhancement on one’s social status unlike how our society uses it to celebrate love. As the audience is exposed to more and more of the plot and events that happen in Shakespeare 's Romeo and Juliet, one realizes that love is never formally described or exposed in the play, it is more a shallow feeling that is hiding behind its truth which is infatuation. Romeo has himself, along with the audience for a short period of time believing that he is in love with Rosaline. However, …show more content…

As both characters seem to feel love and adoration between each other, attention on Romeos abrupt love and obsession with Rosaline poses the subject of Romeos possible lack

Ferri 4 of true love towards Juliet. Also Juliet is described to be not yet fourteen “My child is a stranger in the world, she hath not seen the change of fourteen years” (Shakespeare, I, II, 8-9). By her father simply stating that Juliet is a stranger in the world he is telling Paris, she is not yet ready for love or marriage as she does not and could not understand the meaning behind the two. she is just entering into her teenage years and most, if not all teenagers in her and our society do not know, understand, or even experience the committed, powerful feeling that love for a significant other is. Although both end up committing suicide because the thought of not having the other in their lives was unthinkable, irrationality was taken by both characters, as by simply being in the right place at the wrong time caused this story of bringing two loathing families together by a mutual love, into becoming a tragedy as these two lovers would take their lives to stay in eternity with the other. The debate on whether or not Shakespeare created a love story between

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