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Comparing Relationships In Romero And Juliet And Great Expectations.

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No novels boast more about varied and unique character relationships than Great Expecta-tions by Charles Dickens and Romeo and Juliet written by Shakespeare. This essay will serve to analyse three different relationships in both novels, paying special attention to the quali-ties that each uphold. ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ include many relation-ships between many characters whether it is friendship or a martial relationship. One of the main relationships that are portrayed in both stories is martial relationship. Through-out Great Expectations, Dickens explores the class system of Victorian England and how re-lationships are inevitably created despite the barriers that ...view middle of the document...

’Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight’ ‘ Perhaps Romeo and Juliet's love is fate. There love is given cosmic significance which can therefore overturn the social boundaries of “fair Verona.” Their love is disallowed by the Capulet and Montague households, and Juliet is to marry Paris. Yet, they inevitably find themselves drawn together. Juliet provides the most apt description of their love by, ironically, refusing to describe it, “But my true love is grown to such excess / I cannot sum up some of half my wealth”. This indicates that the intense love between them could not simply be defined by words and it’s too powerful to describe. However their romantic relationship stirs up a massive change in both characters. Love becomes a violent, ecstatic, overpowering force that superseded val-ues, loyalties to family and rational thought. ‘'Deny thy father and refuse thy name'. Here Juliet wishes for Romeo not be a Montague. ‘Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I’ll no longer be capulet.’ Juliet wants to be with Romeo, even if that means being disowned. Considering her family is very well-to-do, such a statement would have been scandalous and disrespectful toward her parent. This quote supports the idea that Juliet will do anything for Romeo. Romeo risks his life a numerously just to see Juliet ‘if they do see thee they will murder thee’. The fact that Romeo is willing to sacrifice his life in order to get the slightest glimpse of Juliet is not fickle love but true love. Shakespeare’s uses love in its many guises to thread together the key relationships in the play. The phrase “star-crossed lovers” refers to a pair of lovers whose relationship is thwarted by outside forces. By heralding the despond-ent ending, the play stirs sympathy inside the audience. Romeo and Juliet are constantly consumed with thoughts of death. 'If all else fail, myself have power to die' and’ By some vile forfeit of untimely death'. This suggests that the death of the both of them sill soon.

One of the most significant well-known relationships in Great Expectations is the love-hate connection that Pip (the protagonist) and Estella share. Pip's love toward Estella is a yearn-ing craze, and he is blinded by her fascinating beauty. ‘I loved her simply because I found her irresistible.’ Estella and Pip’s love is based on a total idolization of Estella. Ever since Pip’s first meeting with her, it was clear that she represented perfection in his eyes. ‘I had devoutly believed her to be human perfection.’
Estella treated him horribly; she never responded to his advances and blatantly flirted with other men in his presence. She insulted him, from their very first interaction ‘common ways and coarse hands’; however, Pip chose to misinterpret her rudeness. Instead of con-cluding that she was not the right match for him, he became determined that he must ele-vate himself, in order to win her. He started with the misconceived notion that Estella resid-ed on some...

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