Tainted Love Essay

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Even as time evolves, the constant message, “our differences define us,” continues to release truth not only for people, but for written work also. Works could be completely distant and still share characteristics, as previously discussed. In this case, however, the separate plays merge together in comparisons due to them being written by the same author. Not only are there aspects of mythology depicted in each story, there are also subliminal messages referring to other texts, including the text it is being compared to. The two texts of comparison are both written by the one who was "...widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language (Wikipedia.org).” William Shakespeare is known to have certain qualities in some novels that reflect other texts that he has written. The play, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, and the text, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, also by William Shakespeare, there are many qualities that resemble each other in each act, but there are also differences, such as a prologue inclusion, both speak of love to not happen, new love emerging, and leaving an initial place than where the play began.
To begin, the fact that Romeo and Juliet foreshadows what is later to come in the play is a topic in itself, but there is also the matter of where in Act I, there is “love” that will never happen. In The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, the love is of course to be the county Paris to Juliet. It is clearly shown in the quote, “...The valiant County Paris seeks you for his love (Act I:iii).” There is a similar problem with the text of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. At the very beginning, Egeus speaks of his troubles with his daughter, Hermia. “...My noble lord, this man [Demetrius] has my consent to marry her...This one [Lysander], my gracious Duke, has infatuated her (Act I:i translation).” There is, however, a difference. On one side, Capulet is completely oblivious to his daughter’s love for a Montague, but Egeus knows well that his daughter doesn’t want to marry the chosen person. This sets the mood of what would have likely happened if Romeo, Juliet, and Friar Lawrence had “come clean” at the beginning of the play.
Secondly, after the initial understanding of the couples not wanting to be with each other, new characters are involved with similar problems, thus allowing the characters to find...

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