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Prompt: Was Romeo And Juliet's Love True And Strong Or Weak And Superficial (Provide Examples From Text)? Essay Topic: Romeo And Juliet's Love Was Weak And Superficial.

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Love: a strong affection for another arising out of kinship, personal ties or attractable qualities. Infatuation: a foolish, unreasoning, or extravagant passion or attraction.
Dinner and a movie, the talk on the car-ride home, and the climatic goodnight kiss. This is the typical perfect date for teenagers. After this night of courting, the couple thinks they are in love, when in reality, it is just infatuation. These crushes are common with teens because the relationship is based on physical appearance instead of the human nature needing to be with someone. Romeo and Juliet is an ideal model of this.
Because both the upper class and working class viewed his playwrights, William Shakespeare had to provide various concepts in Romeo and Juliet to satisfy the different personalities. For the educated upper class, he included sexual innuendos and fast-paced discourse. For the tomato- throwing lower class, he included sword fighting conflicts between the rich and desirable death. For many, he portrayed the theme of love as perfect and true. But the audience is often too distracted by Romeo's amorous actions and Juliet's sacrificial decisions to realize that their "love" is foolish, weak, and superficial. Shakespeare uses the personified fate, the words of Friar Laurence, and the words of Juliet and Romeo to show that their love is merely puppy-love.
To begin, fate is noticeably present throughout the play. For example, the chorus sings, "A pair of star-crossed lovers take their lives," (I.Prologue.6). When Romeo and Juliet were born, the stars were positioned in a way that interpreted into a bad and unlucky thing. The chorus also says that it is a pair of lovers. This means that a connection beyond friends with Romeo and Juliet could never occur because the stars had put a burden or curse on Romeo and Juliet as lovers. There is nothing they can do because their destiny is to not be together. This tells the reader to not see Romeo and Juliet's love as true because it could never turn into anything except obsession. People in the 15th century took astrology and horoscopes very seriously. Just like today, certain situations read from the stars, are avoided because they can result in drastic changes in one's life. Maybe Romeo and Juliet did not read their horoscopes for that day. Another example of fate in the story is when Romeo says:
"I fear, too early; for my mind misgives
Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars,
Shall bitterly begin his fearful date
With this night's revels and expire the term
Of a despised life...
By some vile forfeit of untimely death" (I.iv.115-119).
Before going to the Capulet's ball, Romeo explains his unfortunate dream to Mercutio and Benvolio. Romeo thinks that fortune is playing with his mind when it is trying to warn him with a premonition. Even though he sees the danger he goes to the ball, allowing fate to carry out its plans; a chain of unlucky event does begin that night at the party and the events do...

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