True Love or Strong Feeling?
Is Romeo and Juliet a true love story? Or is it a tragedy lost in the genres? It has become far too common today for the play Romeo and Juliet to be labeled as a true love story. Romeo and Juliet is not a true love story because the pair of lovers had only known each other for a few days and the ending of the story has the characteristics of a tragedy.
One of the most important reasons Romeo and Juliet is not a true love story is the use of phrase love at first sight. The statement “love at first sight” is highly illogical and unrealistic. As stated by Perry Philippa “transference is something that happens when we make unconscious assumptions” (Philippa, Para. 1). Romeo and Juliet fell in love with one another’s appearance instead of personalities, hence love at first sight. The two lovers had never met before, yet they said they insisted they were in love with each other after only seeing one another for the first time. According to ...view middle of the document...
As Cheryl Biggs stated “the romance novel…is now two people find each other, conquer problems that stand between them, and make a decision” (Biggs, para.1). In Romeo and Juliet the lovers did not try to fix any of their problems, instead they just tried to avoid them. The lovers are far too immature and emotionally unstable to handle the issues they are forced to face throughout the play. The lovers feel as if they must get rid of themselves in order to fix their family’s problems, instead it only makes matters worse. Valerie Peterson states, “the ending is emotionally satisfying and optimistic…a happy ending for them both” (Peterson, para.1). The ending of Romeo and Juliet was not at all happy; the lovers killed themselves, how is that an appropriate ending for a love story? Unfortunately many of the characters are extremely unhappy at the end of the play they are instead feeling sorrow over the loss of their loved family members’ death. The plot of Romeo and Juliet does not have the characteristics of a true love story.
However the play, Romeo and Juliet, defiantly contains many characteristics of a love story. As Lee Jamieson wrote a tragedy consists of “a fundamentally flawed character” (Jamieson, para.3). Romeo and Juliet both have numerous flaws. Romeo is completely heartbroken that Rosaline does not love him back however, after seeing Juliet he forgets about all the feeling he had for Rosaline and “falls in love” with Juliet. As said by Jamieson “the heroes fall victim to external pressures” (Jamieson, para.5). The Montague’s and Capulet’s had loathed each other forever and Romeo and Juliet possibly made it much worse. The anxiety of their rivalry was too much for them to handle so they decided to kill themselves in order to fix it. As shown, the play Romeo and Juliet has more characteristics of a tragedy rather than a true love story.
There are a large number of reasons that Romeo and Juliet is not a love story. Romeo and Juliet fell in love at first sight because of assumptions. Romeo and Juliet was not written as a love story. Although the play has characteristics of a love story, it has numerous components of a tragedy exposed all the way through the play as well. Reflect on the facts that show how Romeo and Juliet is not a true love story, but the alternative it is an unfortunate tragedy.