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Shakespeare's Message About Love Essay

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Love can come in many different ways, especially in William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet. For example, love between/for family members, love for friends, love for self, love of an idea/cause, and, of course, romantic love. It has never been completely clear what type of love Shakespeare is trying to teach us about during his play, or, better yet what he is trying to persuade us about it. In real life, Shakespeare does not seem like a big fan of love. He married a woman named Anne Hathaway, but after a while moved to a different place and never saw her again. In his will, he only left her his bedclothes. This made people come up with different theories, one of which is that he simply ...view middle of the document...

When the reader reads that word, images of quick flashes and light come to mind, sudden, unexpected, and abrupt. Shakespeare also used the word “sudden” to conjure those same thoughts, like hasty, rapid, and unforeseen. This quote shows Juliet’s first reaction when talking to Romeo, and Shakespeare included it to show that even her, who is one of the people who started this whole mess, has negative thoughts about their relationship at first. Even Juliet knew this was going too fast, even though that didn’t stop her. Next, after Romeo got banished, she said, “I’ll to the Friar to know his remedy. If all else fail, myself have the power to die.” The author chose to use the words “fail” and “die” to show exactly how serious the situation is, how slowly everything around her is crumbling because of love. The word “fail” brings words like sad, melancholy, and unsuccessful to mind, while the word “die” makes the reader think of graves, terrible news, and grief. The quote itself means that she is going to see what the Friar’s solution is, and if he doesn’t have one, then at least she has the power to kill herself. Once again, committing suicide is a very serious act, and it shows how love can mess with an individual’s thoughts and actions. It muddles people’s minds. Lastly, when visiting the Friar, she cries, “Come weep with me, past hope, past cure, past help.” The words “hope”, “cure”, and “help” all create images of optimism, goals, ambitions, recovery, support, faith, and comfort. Yet while reading the sentence, it crushes all of those images from the reader’s mind, replacing it with hopelessness and despair. All of those quotes prove that obsessive love can be nothing but trouble, and there is no hope for happiness if you are trapped under cupid’s arrow.
Friar Lawrence, or, The Friar, is a wise character that gives a lot of advice throughout the play. It seems like Shakespeare included him in order to put all of his actual thoughts in the play. For example, some information that The Friar gives is, “Nor aught so good but, strained from that fair use revolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse. Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied.” Shakespeare uses the words “virtue” and “vice” as opposites, to give the reader different understanding...

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