Mercutio's Notion Of Love Analysis

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Love: The Perfection of Affection In the play written by William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet, two youthful lovers dramatically take their own lives because of their overwhelming love for each other. Several characters bestow opposing views of love, none of which are more divergent than Romeo’s and Mercutio’s. Mercutio believes that love is a lustful game in which the ultimate reward is the fulfillment of a sexual hunger, while Romeo accepts love as affection and devotion. Romeo’s ideals are the very principle and nature of which love is precisely about. Mercutio inundates with wit, imagination, and crudity. His dialogue overflows with puns and bawdy remarks. Thus, it is not surprising that his view of love is one of lust and physical pursuit. He expresses the cynical side of love. Mercutio explains that love is a game. He advises Romeo, “If love be rough with you, be rough with love; / Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down.” (I, iv). Mercutio means that if somebody causes Romeo to endure anger or depression, then Romeo should counter that by forcing that person to…show more content…
Although some may argue that Romeo is impulsive and immature, he is also intellectual. When talking about his love for Rosaline, Romeo says, “Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health! / Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is!” (I, i). Romeo does not think that his saddened and confused love with Rosaline is true love. He knows that this cannot be love, because they are neither affectionate nor devoted to each other. When Romeo meets Juliet both of them feel affection, and thus true love. If Romeo only had chased after the physical side of Juliet, then why would he kill himself at the end of the play? Romeo already had achieved that physical fulfillment before Act III Scene v. Unmistakably, Romeo’s love for Juliet is about devotion because he ultimately decides to end his own life to be with Juliet
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