Romeo and Juliet-Love?- Feature Article

978 WordsJul 17, 20054 Pages
"LOVE IS A Certain Inborn Suffering derived from the sight of and excessive Meditation upon the beauty of the opposite sex, which causes each one to wish above all things the embraces of the other, and by common desires carry out all of love's precepts in the other's Embrace" is definition of medieval love. But Really, How much does Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet comes to terms of traditional " love"? Think about Romeo in the very beginning of the play, when he talks about Rosaline. He describes, rather about her looks as he says: " O, she is rich in beauty, only poor". Romeo talks of his unattainable love to the beautiful Rosaline. He sees Rosaline as strong, for she would never be hit by cupid's arrow. This is an example of courtly…show more content…
A bit young for " True Love" some would think. We all know that the youngster's desire and hast in being together was one of the reasons for their deaths. So what would true lovers think of each other? " Love causes a rought and uncouth man to be distinguished for his handsomeness" It one of Love's many virtues. Romeo describes Juliet " Arise Fair sun and kill the envious moon". He uses the symbols of light rather than darkness as he had done for Rosaline. Not long, Romeo says Love is supposed to peaceful and lovely. Obviously, Romeo and Juliet both passionately love each other very much. However, Shakespeare makes the " Hate" between them seem just as dangerous as the love itself. " A Man who is vexed by too much passion usually does not love" is another rule for love. It is the rush of passion and the feud of the two families that brought to the deaths of Tybalt, Paris and at last, Romeo and Juliet themselves. This brings the question" They love so much, is death the only way to preserve it?" How realistic is Love anyway? Mercurtio delivers a wonderful speech about Queen Mab, a rather perfect symbolising image of dreams and fantasies for beautiful love, which in actually fact, is said to be lust and greed. This is then compared to Romeo and Juliet who sees such truth and realism in their love. So what is Shakespeare trying to say about love? Is it really
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