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The Ironic Paradox Of Love! Essay

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Romeo and Juliet displays a clear but yet complicated views of love: Although love may seem powerless in this text, it actually is the driving force dictating the whole plot.

The foundation of Romeo and Juliet’s love is built upon quicksand, which is destined to fall and fail. Romeo, at the beginning when he has lost the love of Rosaline, shows how anguished he is and how deep he sinks into depression. He says to Mercutio, “I am too sore enpierced with his shaft, to soar with his light feathers, and so bound I cannot bound a pitch about dull woe. Under love’s heavy burden do I sink” (1. 4. 19). The extreme pain described by Romeo himself, however, is soothed in no time; no sooner does he ...view middle of the document...

Despite all these, this flimsily founded love ironically possesses so much power. First, it creates the initial point for the tragedy to develop and end. One of the most dominant themes of Romeo and Juliet is “Love is blind.” Just like what Benvolio says about Romeo’s love: “Blind is his love and best befits the dark” (2. 1. 35). Blindness is the nature of Romeo and Juliet’s love; it fights back with vengeance, with death. Love blinds their eyes from seeing the truth, but never fails to wield its strength toward these two teens. Because of love, Romeo and Juliet are hindered from both logical thinking and reality. In other words, it obscures judgment, manipulates minds, and idealizes illusion. It basically leads Romeo and Juliet to the river of no-return, which floats down to the direction of death. Just as Juliet says to Romeo, “My love is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep. /The more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite” (2. 2. 140). Whether their love is infinite or boundless is debatable, but it does give them enough power even to end their own lives. Love is blind, for sure, but the power exerted on the individuals, such as Romeo and Juliet, is also infinite.

Love, blind or not, can also exert a power other than death; it brings peace to a long, everlasting conflict. At the very beginning of the play, because of the conflict of the two feuding families, the prince proclaims a law that...

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