Essay about Views of Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Views of Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet 1. Introduction William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet has the "high profile as the love-tragedy everybody knows"[1]. Although it is regarded as the ideal of romantic love there are many other (quite unromantic) views represented in the play, too. In this term paper I will try to give a survey of the different views of love in Romeo and Juliet. First of all there are Romeo and Juliet, the "star-cross'd lovers" (Prologue) who "establish a quality of love, of life intensively lived, that becomes its own value"[2]. Apart from these two main characters and their view of love there are in general five other attitudes towards love: to the…show more content…
2. Main part: Views of love in Romeo and Juliet 2.1. Romeo's and Juliet's view of love: Love as the reason for living The 'star-cross'd' lovers Romeo and Juliet both fall in love at first sight and are determined to marry just after their first encounter. Their love is the most precious thing Romeo and Juliet have in their lives so both are ready to die for each other and chose to die in the end "[...] because each knows that he or she cannot live without the other, and knows this as a simple, literal truth to be acted on at the first opportunity"[3]. Romeo as well as Juliet regards his banishment as death. Although the lovers are hoping to see each other again they are willing to die after Tybalt's death/their wedding night. After their separation due to the banishment both kill themselves in order to be together again: Juliet drinks Friar Laurence' sleeping potion in order to 'die' and be with Romeo again when she awakes, and Romeo drinks the poison to be reunited with Juliet, whom he thinks lifeless, in death. When waking up in the monument and finding her love having committed suicide, Juliet kills herself for the reason of a reunion after death, too. The lovers even drink to each other when they drink their potions. Up to here Romeo and Juliet seem to share the same view of love but on having a closer look there are some differences in their

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