Differences Of Love In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juleit

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Two lovers, different in beliefs, yet the same in thoughts and feelings, are set to have a tragic ending in their life story. In William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare portrays differences between the love of Romeo for Juliet, and the love of Juliet for Romeo. Many people often wonder why this love between Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet did not turn out for the best. It is not their love for one another that finally breaks them apart from the world, it is the way they love one another. The couple struggled to the death trying to make their passionate love work out with each other, but their many differences kept coming up in their lives and getting in the way of their love. While Romeo is a Manic lover and Juliet is an Erotic lover, their love is more likely to be star-crossed.
Romeo is a Manic type of lover, which is the main reason why The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet did not have a happy ending. There are many examples of Romeo being a Manic lover. One good example is when he is talking to Friar Lawrence the morning after Romeo meets Juliet and sneaks away to her house to woo her. Romeo says to Friar Lawrence, ?Then plainly know my hearts dear love is set / On the fair daughter of rich Capulet, / As mine on hers, so hers is set on mine?/ We met, we wooed, and made exchange of vow?/ That thou consent to marry us today? (II, iii, 57-59, 62, 64). This explains how Romeo becomes intensely preoccupied with thoughts of Juliet and need for Juliet?s love. Romeo?s heart is set on Juliet, and he can?t stop thinking about her. Inside, Romeo also knows that Juliet loves him, too, and her heart is set on his. Love at first sight is quick on Romeo. After less than one day of knowing her, Romeo has asked Friar Lawrence if he would marry him and Juliet in secret, without their families finding out. Without knowing the consequences of the ceremony he would perform, Friar Lawrence finally agrees to Romeo?s plea.
A second good example of Romeo being a Manic lover is when Romeo is talking to Friar Lawrence after the Prince has banished him for killing Tybalt. Romeo says, ?Ha, banishment? Be merciful, say ?death?, / For exile hath more terror in his look, / Much more than death. Do not say banishment? (III, iii, 12-14). This quote explains how Romeo is convinced that life without Juliet?s love is not worth living. As the ?Taxonomy of Love? states, a Manic lover is one who is obsessed with his or her partner, and literally cannot live without his or her partner. This description of a Manic lover fits Romeo perfectly. Romeo explains how banishment has more terror than death, and Romeo would rather take death than banishment any day. Then he would not have to suffer through life without Juliet. Romeo says he would rather be dead than live without his Juliet. Ironically, Romeo is begging for mercy, and according to him, death could be the Prince?s only mercy. If only Romeo had known about what tragedy life...

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