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The Challenge Of Being In Love

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“Falling in love is easy; staying in love is a challenge.” This quote, by an unknown author, is a huge part of life. Many people just want to fall in love with someone and spend the rest of their life with them. This is so much easier said than done. It’s universal to think that someone’s closest family and friends will always have their back; in reality, the biggest challenge of staying in love is overcoming what others around you believe. This idea is prominent in the classic play Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare, where Juliet is part of the Capulet family and Romeo is part of the rival family, the Montagues, as well as in the heartfelt musical West Side Story directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, with Maria a part of the Puerto Rican gang called Sharks and Tony, her love, is with the Italian gang the Jets. In both works of fiction there is a big division between two groups of people. Even though the groups may be different, both performances provide an example of how the divisions can tear apart relationships.
The first performance that exemplifies how tensions can tear apart relationships is Romeo and Juliet. The best place to start is when Romeo climbs over the palace wall to stand in the backyard of Juliet’s room, speaking to her about his newfound love for her. Soon after beginning the conversation, Juliet proclaims, “And the place death, considering what thou art, if any kinsmen find thee here,” (Shakespeare Act 2 Scene 2 Lines 64-65). In simpler terms, Juliet is telling Romeo that if any of her relatives see him there, they will kill him solely based on the fact that he is Montague. Her family doesn’t seem to care about her feelings towards Romeo; who he is on the outside and what they see at first glance are the only items that appeal to them. This is true in many situations. Families want their first choice to be chosen by their child and are willing to do anything, sometimes even kill, to make sure that they have it their way. In the same way, the Nurse, who is the equivalent of a mother to Juliet, tells Juliet that she is foolish for choosing Romeo and should pick another bachelor in the city. The Nurse provides her opinion, “Well, you have made a simple choice. You know not how to choose a man,” (Shakespeare Act 2 Scene 5 Lines 38-39). She goes on to talk about everything that is wrong with Romeo and continues to try and guilt Juliet into feeling that Romeo is a poor choice for a husband. The Nurse is trying her hardest to get Juliet to change her mind without being completely obvious about how she feels. Families often times will go to all lengths to change their children’s minds about the man or woman they are thinking of marrying. They are totally willing to lie and deceive their child to make sure that the “right” person is standing in the end. A final great example is when Juliet is speaking with Romeo about how they will be married even if their family names are so opposite. She cries into the night, “Or, if thou wilt...

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