Romeo And Juliet Essay

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I consider myself a hopeless romantic. I have hopes and dreams of finding my true love. Although I would like for my true love to say he would die for me and would never want to live without me, and me the same for him, I know realistically that this would never be. There is no better example of this love than in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In this tale , their love was true and they did give up their lives tragically, so as not to be without each other. In this play there are also forms of love between friends, and "love" for enemies, and I will explore all three.Two households both alike in dignity From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From froth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life, Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows Doth with their death bury their parent's strife. The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love And the continuance of their parents' rage, Which, but their children's end, nought could remove, The which, if you with patient ears attend, What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend. First, love for friends was, and is a necessity for the characters.Romeo was in love with Rosaline, a girl who didn't feel love the same way he did. Consequently, Romeo was distraught over his love and felt that no woman could be as fair as Rosaline. " For beauty starv'd with her severity cuts beauty off from all posterity. She is too fair, too wise, wisely too fair, to merit bliss by making me despair. She hath forsworn to love, and in that vow do I live dead, that live to tell it now." (I, I, 217-222).Romeo's friend, Benvolio, encouraged him to go to the Capulet's feast and predicted that he would find other girls more attractive than the fair Rosaline." At this same ancient feast of Capulet's sups the fair Rosealine, whom thou so loves, with all the admired beauties of Verona. Go thither and with unattained eye compare her face with some that I shall show and I will make thee think the swan a crow." (I, II, 84-89).Later, when violence was prevalent, Benvolio watched out for his friends and family by encouraging peace. "I pray thee good Mercutio, let's retire; the day is hot, the Caples are abroad, and if we meet we shall not 'scape a brawl," (III, I, 1-3). The nurse is Juliet's best friend, or more appropriately as Juliet's foster mother. Unlike Juliet's own mother, Lady Capulet, the nurse cares for Juliet, knows when she was born, and holds fond memories of her childhood. The nurse aided Romeo and Juliet with their plans for marriage by acting as a messenger between them. After the slaying of Tybalt, the nurse gives Romeo the ring of he and Juliet's marriage, signifying Juliet's love for him. The love of friends was imperative for these two lovers. The next is the love for enemies. The hatred between the house of the Capulet's and the house of the Montague's is the driving force between Romeo and Juliet. The two families would never...

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