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Infatuated “Amour” Essay

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In The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein portrays a unique relationship between a female tree and a boy. The boy visits the tree, spends time with her, and that delight the tree. As the boy gets older he requests more and more from the tree, and as the title implies, she gives everything she can to him. She fulfills his needs with her apples, her branches and finally her trunk, and at the end all that is left of her is a stump. Even so, she is contented how she could provide a place for the boy who was now an old man to sit. Like The Giving Tree, an interesting relationship is portrayed in Romeo and Juliet, a play written by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare illustrates a fateful love story of ...view middle of the document...

Similarly, Romeo and Juliet are wedded the day after they meet. They merely know their faces and their names, but still throw themselves into marriage, the ultimate commitment. They rush into marriage with a reckless commitment, determined to satisfy their uncontrollable desire for each other. Furthermore, Friar Lawrence advises Romeo, “Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast” once Romeo abruptly appears, and asks him to marry them (2.3.100 Shakespeare). Friar Lawrence has an inkling that the emotion that Romeo feels for Juliet is not the true love. Thus, Friar Lawrence suggests that Romeo their relationship slowly in order to develop their emotions. Shakespeare purposely makes Friar Lawrence to urge Romeo to illustrate the abnormality in the pace of their relationship. Their passion for another might have been a seed for the true love, but Shakespeare accelerates the processes to eliminate the opportunity for potential progress.
As a matter of fact, Shakespeare purposely highlights the physical attraction between Romeo and Juliet to depict infatuation. Romeo falls head over heels in love as he meets Juliet for the first time at the party. He claims to love Juliet when he has a single glimpse of her, “.....Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! / For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.”(1.5.59-60). Through this, Shakespeare hints that Romeo’s standard for love is based on the appearances. He denies his love for Rosaline, just because he found another girl who he finds more appealing than Rosaline. He mistakes the lust and desire he feels towards the gorgeous flower, Juliet, as feelings of love. Also, Shakespeare has Juliet kiss Romeo in their first encounter. Without sharing numerous dialogues, Juliet, a passive character flirts with Romeo by returning the kiss. Shakespeare does this to display the dominant physical attraction between them. Moreover, there is minimal, or almost no description of their characteristics in their dialogue. The vast majority of their dialogue deals with each others’ mesmerizing beauty. In a play, the dialogues reflect directly on the thought of the speakers. Shakespeare illustrates Romeo and Juliet only commenting on their looks, thus producing an image that Romeo and Juliet only love each other for their appearances...

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