The True Meaning Of Love In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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In Shakespeare’s romantic and powerful play Romeo and Juliet, the two main characters, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, share a “love at first sight” moment at a very young age; in no time, their bond becomes unbreakable. Shakespeare clearly and eloquently emphasizes their love throughout the play by using poetic writing and literary devices to show how these two come together and their attraction becomes stronger as the play progresses. Today, most “young loves” seem to not get the true meaning of love that Shakespeare so strongly poses in Romeo and Juliet and think that just being together for a long time or having a great deal of pleasure is considered “love”. The passionate love that both Romeo and Juliet experience at such a young age through Shakespeare's writing seems outlandish to most young, immature readers today; however, although rare, with responsibility, maturity, and true affection, such love is still possible in this day and age. Today, “love” is such a commonly used word it almost feels as if people do not even realize what they are mean when they use the word. People seem to use the term for not just their own lovers or family members - the main things that we should love - but materialistic things such as phones, presents, and other - rather meaningless - temporary things in our everyday lives. People all over the world hear other people saying “I love this” and “I love that,” and do not recognize that they do not know what they are truly saying.

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