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Love: A Blessing And A Curse In Shakespeare´S Romeo And Juliet

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Love: A Blessing and a Curse
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins”. I Peter 4:8-9 says that love is essential to life, the same thing Shakespeare believed. The tragedy Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare is a love story in which Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet experience the highs and lows of a relationship in five days. Romeo Montague is son to Lord and Lady Montague. Romeo’s family is feuding with Juliet’s family, specifically her parents Lord and Lady Capulet. County Paris is the man that is chosen by Lord Capulet to marry Juliet. Paris is excited to marry Juliet but does not truly know Juliet for who she truly is. Romeo and ...view middle of the document...

Juliet is never keen on the idea of marrying Paris. She does not love Paris but is being forced into a long-term relationship with him. Paris is excited to marry Juliet and when he coincidentally runs into Juliet at the monastery, he does not understand that Juliet’s words are professing her love for Romeo, not him. Paris does not understand or know Juliet even though he is about to be married to her. Had he known her better, he may have been able to know what she was struggling with on the inside and that she is seriously considering suicide. Paris also will be able to understand that Juliet does not love him and will never be able to love anyone besides Romeo Montague. This conflict between Paris and Juliet is not as prominent and violent as many of the other conflicts in the tragedy, but it is still there and affects life changing actions and choices Juliet decides to make. Juliet and Paris do not have complete love in their relationship, causing it to end with death. There is another relationship in Juliet’s life that is lacking love and sincerity, the relationship between her parents and she.
Lord Capulet, Lady Capulet and Juliet have a strained relationship that involves fighting and power struggles. Lord Capulet is not a good father that understands his daughter and her needs. He is more concerned about what he thinks Juliet needs and his reputation versus what his daughter really needs from him, love. When Lord Capulet decides that Juliet is going to marry Paris, Juliet is distressed and pleads with her father. Her father is stern and directly tells her that she will be disowned if she does not marry Paris. Juliet has no say in this decision and this makes her more distasteful toward her father which pushes her to make disastrous decisions later in the tragedy. Lady Capulet and Juliet also have a relationship that is strained over the marriage of Paris and Juliet. When Juliet realizes that her father is not accepting her opinion in the matter, she turns to her mother. Her mother also does not want to hear what Juliet has to say because she is too subservient to her husband. When Juliet pleads with her mother to go talk with her father, she receives the same response. Her mother tells her to, “Talk not to me, for I’ll not speak a word. Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee” (3.5.214-215). Her mother and father have both put distance between them and their daughter because they do not have the parental love they...

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