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The Harm In Misconceptions Essay

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An anonymous writer once wrote, “It’s bad manners to say I love you with a mouth full of lies”, yet a lot of people do. The denotation of love reads as an intense feeling of deep affection; however, people falsely believe that love meets certain criteria including giving gifts and calling their significant other terms of endearment. Based off of this idea, William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, is a story about two young teenagers from rivalling families who both have misconceptions about love. Until they meet each other, one thinks he is madly “in love” with someone else, while the other prepares for an arranged marriage set up by her family. After risking their lives to meet each ...view middle of the document...

His belief that love purely revolves around giving the person he loves gifts, calling her pet names, and sharing special moments with her, shows that Romeo doesn’t actually know what true love is. This assumption that all love must contain these things is a fallacy but he continues and decides that he truly loves anyone that fits those criteria. Society, Romeo, Juliet, and even some readers of Shakespeare’s work have mistaken beliefs about how love is inherently good and bases itself on specific ideas and actions.
Romeo and Juliet try hard to hold to this standard about the idea of love. They act on these ideas because they fantasize about the feelings that love brings, but are not actually in love. For example, immediately after going home from meeting Romeo for the first time at a party, Juliet says, “Oh Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art though Romeo? / Deny thy father and refuse thy name, / Or, if thou wilt not, but be sworn my love, and I’ll no longer be a Capulet.” (II.ii.36 -39) Juliet is willing to changer her name and leaver her family for Romeo, a boy she had just met a party. The fact that this is a soliloquy, yet she speaks as if Romeo were there, shows that Juliet was fantasizing about being in love, specifically with Romeo, a hint to her childish nature. This shows that Juliet also believes in these ideas of love, depicting her innocence and her misunderstandings of the emotion, love. Similarly, Romeo’s actions depict his foolishness and immaturity when he says, “I take thee at thy word. / Call me but love, and I’ll be new baptized. / Henceforth, I will never be Romeo.” (II.ii.53-59) Not only are Romeo’s actions invasive of Juliet’s privacy, but they show that he agrees with Juliet’s mistaken belief, and would sacrifice his name as she suggested, although they had hardly known each other for an hour. Because Romeo’s ideas come from Juliet’s misconceptions, the fact that he does not feel true love becomes evident; neither of them do. Shakespeare shows in his play, Romeo and Juliet, that people often become misled themselves about true...

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