In the play “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare love is an important theme. In this play, Juliet and Romeo fall in love while Romeo is trying to get over Rosalind and Juliet is having an arranged marriage, their families are also feuding. In Shakespeare's play, Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet all have different views of love. Mercutio’s view of love is very humorous and not true, Romeo’s view of love is hopeless; he likes being in love, but does not like love itself. Lastly, Juliet’s view of love is logical; she does not follow love blindly.
Although the love Romeo and Juliet share is ‘love at first sight’, as the play progresses Juliet's love for Romeo develops into true romantic love - she loves him despite him being a Montague. However, even this kind of love results in being unrequited, as both die for their love at the end of the
Hermia is in love with Lysander despite the Athenian rules. She cannot understand her own behavior since she has fallen in love and this is evident when she says to Theuses ‘I know not by what power I am made bold’ (act1 scene 1). This quote shows that Hermia does not usually act in this unpredictable way and that love is emotional rather than rational. Love is unpredictable and does not always make sense. This is shown through the conversation between Hermia and Lysander where Shakespeare uses repetition to compare different challenging situations where two people have fallen in love.
Romeo and Juliet’s love, like the love of the youth, is acted upon very quickly and impulsively. They are impatient and do not stop and think about the consequences of their actions. Their immature and inexperienced management of their love passion for each other ultimately results in their death. Think about Romeo in the very beginning of the play, when he talks about Rosaline. He describes her looks as he says: "O, she is rich in beauty, only poor".
He uses love in its guises to thread together the key relationships in the play. Some characters fall in and out of love very quickly in Romeo and Juliet. For example Romeo is in love with Rosaline at the start of the play, which is presented as an immature infatuation. Today we might use the term “puppy love”, to describe this. Romeo’s love for Rosaline is shallow and nobody really believes that it will last.
Wilde’s play does not celebrate marriage as the ultimate alliance by love, instead preferring to expose its “unstylish” side stained by hypocrisy and shallowness. It’s quite clear that the institution of marriage is being lightheartedly ridiculed in The Importance of Being Earnest. The main characters in the play appear to treat marriage as something frivolous and are oblivious to the concept of mutual commitment. Cecily and Gwendolen only want to marry Algernon and Jack because they are convinced that their names are Ernest. As Gwendolen points out to Jack early in the play, “…My ideal has always been to love some one of the name of Ernest.
introduction I am going to explore the ways in which writers present different variations on the themes of love, Courtly/Petrarchan Love, Sexual love/the art of seduction and true love and finding similarities and differences within Romeo and Juliet, The Flea, To His Coy Mistress, Sonnet 116 and Sonnet 130. Petrarchan/Courtly love Petrarchan/Courtly Love is the main type of love that appears in the poems of Petrarch. It is very self centered as it isn’t having contact with what you are in love with, just being inside the head. This is shown in Romeo and Juliet at the start of the play. Romeo expresses courtly love for Rosaline although he hasn’t met her yet, this shows that Romeo is very childlike.
Introduction Both Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing are both love stories, however Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy and Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy. Many relationships are brought to light during both plays and the audience discover all these relationships are different and their love for each other is portrayed in different ways. In Much Ado About Nothing Claudio and Hero fall in love, break apart, and then fall in love again, while at the same time, Beatrice and Benedick are being tricked into loving each other. This is very different from Romeo and Juliet as Romeo and Juliet are in a constant struggle for their love. Shakespeare’s plays Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing both contain the elements of; love at first sight, manipulation of love and a detailed love story.
Romeo and Juliet Essay Every person views love in a different way. At times, the way a person expresses their love depends on who they have the emotions for. In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Mercutio views love as a joke while Friar Laurence's idea of love is more passionate. Love is shown as a vulgar item when seen through Mercutio's view. “Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down.” (Act I Scene IV) Mercutio believes that love is only about being sexual to one's partner.
Romantic movies distort and create false expectations of true love. They show exaggerated stories that are used to entertain, yet young women get wound up in the thought that they will find someone that will meet up to these expectations. These set beliefs can affect them in a negative way and often lead to disappointment. Books like A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Great Gatsby, and movies like The Notebook are all examples of love stories that produce that false hope. Women begin to think that they will find a perfect man that will hand them the world, that they should dedicate themselves to finding this man, and that they deserve an elaborate story full of passion and desire.