Literary Research Paper: Women and Love

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Throughout history, there has always been love, and there have always been lies. This will also continue into the future. There is a delicate balance to the love a person for another and the lies that person will use due to this love. Whether or not the lies are because of love and/or the love intertwines with the lies has nothing to do with the outcome of a life. It is the balance of love and lies that will give a ruling to the life of the liar, lover, lying lover, or the loving liar. In literature, the relationship between love and lies has been explored through various characters. There is a common thread in characters when exploring love and lies: woman. The heart of a woman, her motive, and her willingness to do anything for her love are commonly used as devices in a work, and the female characters are used as symbols of these various aspects. Penelope in Homer’s Odyssey and Juliet Capulet in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet are symbols of a woman’s deceit and trickery affecting love and life positively and negatively. In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet is not like the other women shown around her. In her time, the women are not seen as people in the same sense that the men were. Instead of being respected individuals in the court, the noble and aristocratic women shown in not only Juliet’s time, but also Shakespeare’s plays, are seen as nothing more than political tools exchanged between men and families to create alliances with each other (Kemp 3). Theresa Kemp, a knowledgeable Shakespearean critic who focuses on the portrayal of women in all of Shakespeare’s plays, has noticed that through the course of Romeo and Juliet, “Juliet’s adherence to conventions of female virtues” that are favored in her time is slowly waning away (2). From the start, the wants and desires Juliet is known to have are not the same as the wants and desires a woman in her time were
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