The Consequence Of Love In Shakespeare's Tragedy Of Romeo And Juliet

1316 words - 5 pages

James Choi
Mrs.Ying
English 9 H, Period 5
3/26/14
The Consequence of "Love"
Love is ironic. It can take you anywhere in the world unexpectedly, and turn you into a person that you never were. However, love is also two-faced, having both a negative and positive view. It is what drives you to the point where you do not know who you are anymore. In Shakespeare's story, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare perceives love with the personalities and actions of the characters, Romeo and Juliet. Both Romeo and Juliet are characterized as immature and irrational due to their "love." In addition, both characters fail to realize the reality of life and go towards the path of adolescence. Even though Romeo and Juliet are doomed at the end of the journey of "love," their demise was caused by their rash and silly decisions because their belief of everlasting love blinds them from reality and shapes their lives into an unstoppable time bomb.
Romeo and Juliet choose their own actions through their judgments, which were caused by their belief of everlasting love. Due to their unsound and absurd attitudes, both characters are dazed by love in a puerile manner. The relationship they created was actually built on lust and desperation. Firstly, Romeo is the first character whom shows immature love in the story as a whole. Once Capulet’s party is over, Romeo’s attitude leads him to jump over the wall to Juliet’s house and exclaim to her,” And what love can do, that dares love attempt./Therefore thy kinsmen are no stop to me”(2.2.68-9). The effect of love caused Romeo to not pay attention to the consequences of jumping over the wall and talking to the daughter of his enemy. The flaw is that he is beginning to think that his love is as hard as nails. It is illogical for Romeo to think this, so the reader may imply that Romeo is being arrogant with his love. Romeo’s arrogance makes him think that his love towards Juliet, and vice versa, is a unique kind of love. The uniqueness of their relationship reveals that not even death can stop their love. On the other hand, Juliet, in the same scene, is the one who brings up the idea of marriage. As Romeo is pouring out his feelings for Juliet, Juliet intervenes and says,” Thy purpose marriage, send me world to-morrow./ By one that I’ll procure to come to thee/ Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite” (2.2.144-6). Juliet’s statement is full of rash and juvenile decisions, which reveals her desire to have unity with Romeo. As presented, Juliet obviously was the first one to initiate the idea of marriage which ultimately characterizes her as unexpected and foolish. Juliet had just met Romeo and the idea of marriage intimates that their relationship is only built up on lust and pleasure. At the end of the scene, it is revealed to the reader that both characters are rushing the idea of love and creating more problems which will only make things worse for them as the story goes on.
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