Is Romeo and Juliet a Love Story?
Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.' Erich Fromm. Romeo and Juliet is based on immature love, and is not a true love story. Love is a great source of passion throughout the world. Though love is considered a good emotion, it can also be one of the biggest flaws a person can have. When one is in love, they will basically do anything to be with the one they love. They don’t care about the number of rules they break, or how much they change themselves, as long as they can be with the one they truly love. They may take drastic measures from defying their parents and friends to committing suicide. Shakespeare shows the power of love and the affect it has, through one of the most well-known love stories in the world. Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet brings the audience through the brief relationship between Romeo and Juliet; even though it is short it is complex. We are shown love, hate, passion and commitment. In the end, we are shown how true love leass to true sacrifice. Is it possible that love at first sight really exists? That forces such as fate, can make a person find true love and never let go no matter the circumstances? The answers to these questions can be found in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
The Capulet’s and the Montague’s are enemies with hate that runs deep, but as it would happen Romeo a Montague and Juliet a Capulet are the break in the hate. The moment Romeo lays eyes on Juliet he knows she is the one and asks himself "Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight, for i ne'er saw true beauty till this night (1.3.53)." Romeo and Juliet remain together against all hate that blocks their love, and betray their families. How can Romeo & Juliet be considered a love story when it’s full of so much rivalry and deception, do they make this rash decision because they both feel trapped within their families? Can a home situation be a reason for two young kids to rush into a relationship? These are many questions that arise, and can make one truly wonder is it a true love story, or a desperate attempt at freedom.
Of course, the two families would be completely against Romeo and Juliet being together but Romeo and Julietare so madly in love they can not see the danger of their situation. The two felt that they could not live without each other so early on they decide to do whatever it takes to be together even if it kills them. Juliet fakes her death to get away from the grasp of her family, but Romeo is does not know his love is only sleeping. When he finds her "dead", he decides to take his own life, swallowing poison. Juliet awakens from her camotos to find her love Romeo lying lifeless beside her. Her love for him is so deep that she takes his dagger and ends her own life. These events unfold like those of a tragedy. The characteristics of a tragedy are an unhappy ending, forces the contribute to the tragic outcome of the main...