Costs and Benefits of Romeo and Juliet's Love

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English – Essay “Romeo and Juliet shows that love has both costs and benefits.” Discuss Love as an emotion is usually associated with contentment. The Play, Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare associates love in positive and negative ways. He shows how love has costs and benefits. Love, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary, is “a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.” Love is split up into costs and benefits. Benefits is defined as” something that is advantageous or good; an advantage” This is how we usually think of love. We do not think of love as a cost, which is “the price paid to acquire, produce, accomplish, or maintain anything.” Different forms of love are experienced in Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet feel romantic love for each other. Juliet, unaware that Romeo is underneath her balcony, says “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name, Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.” Juliet is asking Romeo to deny his family to love her. She then says that she will sacrifice her families love for her to be with him. She is portraying her true feelings. Romeo feels platonic love for Mercutio. He enjoys Mercutio’s company. “This day's black fate on moe days doth depend, This but begins the woe others must end.” Romeo says this when he decides he loves Mercutio more than Juliet. He does this by ignoring he is related to Tybalt. Romeo loves Mercutio to a point where he feels he must avenge his death, resulting in his exile. He puts his feelings for Mercutio over his love for Juliet and risks exile. Romeo and Juliet does show that love has both costs and benefits. In the end, Love costs Romeo and Juliet their lives, which brings much sadness to their

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