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Was It Love Or Was It Lust

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It takes a lifetime to get to know someone, and over that time you can learn to love them. Many people will argue the topic of love at first site, but in reality could that actually occur, loving someone that you don’t even know? In Shakespeare’s play of Romeo and Juliet the main characters are made out to appear as though they have experienced just that and it is quite obvious that they believe that they are in love, but some of the other characters have a different view on what is really going on. Love may not have a definition, and lust may be hard to differentiate from true love, but lust is definitely the definition of this tragic story.
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This could easily be interpreted as an act of love. This quote was stated at the beginning of the play, but the next true act of love only seems to occur near the very end. “Yea, noise? Then I’ll be brief. O happy dagger, this is thy sheath. There rust and let me die.” (V, 3, 167-170) Before this happened Romeo had shown that his feelings were true and that he did not want to believe that Juliet was dead, so he went to see her, which resulted in his own death. Once Juliet awoke and came to find out Romeo had killed himself, as an act of love, she in turn kills herself because she could not bear to live without Romeo. There are small displays of love scattered throughout the play, and many people will argue their acts of love were more powerful and meaningful than all of the acts of lust combined, but when you compare the evidence and the number of examples comparing love against lust it is impossible to say that love ever came close to winning the battle between the two.
Lust is something that is often confused with love, but it is merely a physical attraction with no lasting effect. The attraction lust can cause is often uncontrollable and completely unreasonable, which is the exact reason why it relates perfectly to Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare’s play is filled with characters who make irrational decisions without thinking, and throughout the whole chaotic mess Romeo and Juliet become the main event. “I’ll go along, no such sight to be shown, but to rejoice in splendor of mine own.” (I, 2, 100-101) Romeo says this
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before Benvolio drags him off to the party, which shows that at the time he was sad and hurting, leaving him in a vulnerable position when he met Juliet. Because of this it is safe to say that the feelings he felt towards Juliet that night were merely a way to make himself feel about the fact that he no longer had Rosaline. From there on out it was just one irrational decision after another. Romeo and Juliet got married the day after they met, they had sex that same night, and they blamed it all on love at first site, when it is obvious that they are only attracted to each other’s appearances. With all of the events that took place over those two days they barely even had time to talk to each other, so it is quite apparent that they hadn’t fallen for each other’s personalities. “That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she. Be not her maid since she is envious. Her vestal livery is but sick and green, and none but fools do wear it. Cast it off!” (II, 2, 6-9) Romeo makes it quite clear that he...

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