“Romeo and Juliet” is considered by many one of the greatest love stories to have ever been written. However, the tale is not one of love but a story of a young girl whose whims led her to be manipulated by a boy who was seeking out sex. The scene where Romeo and Juliet first meet demonstrates how fickle their infatuation is. The story begins with Romeo wailing over his lost love Rosaline, saying “And, in strong proof of chastity well-armed, from love’s weak childish bow, she lives uncharmed.” He continues his outburst by saying how useless Rosaline is if she is not willing to sleep with him. Benvoilo feels sympathy for the young brokenhearted man and encourages him to go to the Capulet’s party so he will forget the girl.
He gasps in awe of her and startles Arcite, who then spots Emelye as well. Arcite then tells Palamon that he has fallen in love with Emelye and the two enter a bitter feud, claiming each loved her before the other. This reaction is very much standard in the courtly love system. It is considered sweet and gentlemanly for a man to swoon so over a woman and
The Friar responds with, “Young men’s love then lies/ Not truly in their hearts but, in their eyes jesu maria, what the deal of brine/ Hath washes thy sallow cheeks for Rosaline!”(2.3.68-90). In the first act, Romeo thought himself to be in love with Rosaline. Romeo had been distraught over the fact that his beloved Rosaline was going to become a nun. Romeo would never be able to love Rosoline, or be with her. Friar Lawrence makes fun of Romeo saying that young men only love what they see.
He loved Guinevere more than his life…for life with her was unimaginable.” (Lister 62) Lancelot loved Guinevere more than he loved himself, more than his whole life. Just the thought of loving another woman instilled fury in his heart. “In the morning, however, he woke to find not Guinevere lying beside him…Before he could strike she opened her eyes and spoke.” (Lister 65) Some would say that the best part of love and relationships is “the chase: The difficulty in attaining the hand of your “prey” determines how much you will love them in the end. For example, playing “hard to get” is a very common obstacle that “courtier” must overcome. Seeing that the one you’re “chasing” is showing little interest in you and your advances often times feeds the inferno of love burning in your soul.
Othello and Desdemona, as portrayed in the play, are the two greatest of innocent people there ever was. The two appear to love one another romantically and genuinely at first, but this idealistic love becomes more of a profane love, or perhaps that was truly the case all along. This occurs because there is no foundation for a relationship here; there is no communication, no understanding, and no trust. Othello has spent most of his life in battle, which makes him excellent at several things-- specifically combat. Othello says, “Rude am I in my speech, and little bless’d with the soft phrase of peace;/ for since these arms of mine had seven years’ pith,/ Till now some nine moons wasted, they have us’d/ Their dearest action in the tented field;/ And little of this great world can I speak/ More than pertains to feats of broils and battle” (Kennedy, 786).
When they finally reunited, Othello described his happiness upon seeing her, “If it were now to die, 'Twere now to be most happy, for I fear My soul hath her content so absolute That not another comfort like to this Succeeds in unknown fate.” He believed that there was nothing better than the happiness he felt at his return, and if he died then, at least he would die happy. The love he felt was a dangerous kind of love. This emotion blinded his intellect and made him extremely vulnerable. Othello’s trusted “friend” and ensign, Iago, took advantage of this vulnerability. Throughout the play, Iago uses
‘Is Così more about love than madness?’ Sarah Smith Louis Nowra’s play Cosi focuses deeply on the madness of each character, what makes them mad, how they are truly insane, but throughout this play we unfold a side to each of them that shows the audience how much love is incorporated in their lives. It may not be the typical type of love as in love for another person, but it just may be the love they have to something they care about in Roy’s case the theatre and performing, In Cherry’s case it was love at first sight between her a Lewis and for some it is definitely the love that each shares with another person. Cosi is beyond doubt about more than love than madness. Roy seems to be the over the top, dramatic, mad man that he is. But through madness
As I said before in the beginning of the book Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is gloomy and feeling hopeless about love because Rosaline (the women he “loves”) is not going to get married. He says: “She is too fair, too wise, wisely to far, To merit bliss by making
Love doesn't always have a happy ending. In the play of Romeo and Juliet, the couple are brought to their untimely death. There are many factors to blame for these wretched suicides; the fate that destined unfavourable things to happen, the Priest and the Nurse that encouraged and abetted them and then betrayed them, the conflict between the two families that labelled their love as forbidden, and of course Romeo and Juliet who rebelled against the wishes of their family . Fate is the first major contributor in Romeo and Juliet's passing. In the prologue the story is briefly critiqued, describing Romeo and Juliet as star crossed lovers.
He is also in love with Olivia but it can be said that he is mostly in love with the idea of love itself since he talks incessantly of love: “O spirit of love, how quick and fresh art thou” (I. i. 9) that he is unable to distinguish between appearance and reality. Also, by looking at the first two scenes of Act 1, it is clear that he wallows in his emotions, and is changeable and moody. He threatens to kill Viola-Cesario as Olivia says that ‘he’, Viola-Cesario, is her husband. However, he switches his love from Olivia to Viola without any hesitation as soon as he gets to know that Viola-Cesario is actually a woman.