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We all know the story of Romeo and Juliet, the star crossed lovers who kill themselves for each other. But when you think of Romeo and Juliet, you probably think of a great romance story. But is it really? Romeo and Juliet is a play written by the great William Shakespeare and most people think this play was written as a love story that just ends very badly. Well I think otherwise. Most people are tricked into thinking that Romeo and Juliet is a love story from what others say, but in all reality Romeo and Juliet is more of a tragedy.
Firstly, being married did not make it true love. According to Lacy Talerico on the topic of 2 teens, Andi Bresher and Mitchel James, that got married at the ...view middle of the document...

2). Shakespeare did not even write the play as a tragedy and if the word was not even being used until later on then obviously this play cannot be a romance. This one quote alone shows how Romeo and Juliet is not a love story, but Rachel Caine also said, “It's the story of two crazy kids meeting the irresistible force of fate, and losing. In the end, their deaths have a kind of diplomatic magic to them; they are united in their bridal tomb, and their families have achieved some kind of peace, however temporary. But even the most optimistic of romantics wouldn't call that a happy ending” (Caine para. 3). This shows how most people can easily mistake the meaning of this play into being a romance but in all reality it is not. It can not be a romance because the ending is no where near happy and all romance novels end with a happy ending…. Always! As shown above by the examples you can see that Romeo and Juliet is nowhere near a romance novel and is obviously a tragedy.
Finally how does Romeo and Juliet compares and contrasts to traditional love stories? Romeo and Juliet mostly contrasts with traditional love stories, like the ending of the great love story Jane Eyre. As stated in the book Jane Eyre, “ He loved me so truly, that he knew no reluctance in profiting by my attendance: he felt I loved him so fondly, that to yield that attendance was to indulge my sweetest wishes” (Jane Eyre Chpt. 38). In the end of this book Jane falls back in love with a blind man that expresses his feelings for her and the book ends with a nice happy ending. This shows that if Romeo and Juliet was a romance then why did it not end with a happy ending like most common love stories. Then there is the always-loved West Side Story that was written similar to Romeo and Juliet, but some how they still label this book a romance. According to the official West Side Story website, “WSS is a modern day adaptation of the timeless classic by William Shakespeare. They both involve two young people that fall in love, but are kept apart by their friends/families. This causes grave consequences”...

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