Love is the forceful attraction between two people blossomed from desire and intimacy. Lust is physical manifestation of what many would call love, but in reality this feeling can bend the will of any man and woman alike. Lust is power, it is passion, and it can motivate. One thing love and lust has in common: they have the ability to kill. Thus tragedy strikes a wary, yet inevitable, sentiment every person experiences at least once in their lifetime.
Love in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
Everybody knows Romeo and Juliet are supposedly in love; many think otherwise. For example, this love story is a romance, a love on a path with death. Ever heard of Bonnie and Clyde, Cleopatra and Marc Antony, or the couple from titanic? If so observe how romance generally turns out terrible. Usually it ends in death but it also has alternatives, such as: tragic loss, separation, or heart break. Three things about love that are covered in the play Romeo and Juliet are romance, fairytales, and sacrifice.
Romance is a seed waiting to blossom in the presence of extreme feelings for another. Hazlitt thinks Romeo and Juliet is a portrayal of how love in generations changes and goes threw an evolution and it cannot be defined (Hazlitt). Schlegel thinks Love in a romance is an ethereal authority looking over “Romeo and Juliet” and their private marital affairs, and it also a sign of a wretched end (Schlegel). “Prodigious birth of love it is to me, that I must love a loathed enemy” (Shakespeare). Baker thinks Shakespeare tapped into his serious side of literature making Romeo and Juliet the “Perfect Tragedy” (Baker).
A fairytale is a story in which the unexpected outcomes take place and leads to a happy ending. Copeland thinks Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” was a piece intended to push emotional boundaries (Copeland). Andrews thinks Romeo and Juliet was a lesson to be taught, an interpretation to be made and the ultimate reference to, the story of love (Andrews). Heyworth thinks Romance is something that requires, a void to be filled, thus producing close relationships between said couple. Mansour thinks Juliet has Romeo wrapped in her fingers and feels as though she can exploit the feelings he has to him fall, like a “Bait and bite” technique she reels him in and captures his heart (Mansour). “When he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, and he will make the face of heaven so fine that the entire world will be in love with night, And pay no worship to the garish sun.” This means, “On her wedding night, waiting for Romeo to come to her, Juliet says that Romeo, her new husband, will be her glorious lover forever.” (Shakespeare).
Sacrifice is common in life for the things we want in life, but more so in the history of love and romance. Panagopoulos thinks that romantic tragedy is like a dagger, it represents protection, death, stealth, and unity (Panagopoulos). Dibdin Thinks the idea of Romeo and Juliet being momentarily reunited but...