By doing this, he not only tells a story, but he adds to Juliet’s character by showing that people by nature are never perfect. Everyone gets confused sometimes, even Juliet, the heroine, who thought she had everything figured out; likewise, nobody has complete control over their life. This humanization helps the audience relate to her imperfection and is one of the reasons that make the play, Romeo and Juliet, so relevant even after its original
In ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Shakespeare shows a variety of forms of love the most prevalent of which is the love between Romeo and Juliet. To only consider romantic love as the only form of love in the play would be reductive. Whilst the love between the “star-cross’d lovers’” could be considered ‘true love’ other forms of love include the forced love felt by Juliet through the threat of marriage, family love and the infatuation that Romeo feels for Rosaline at the beginning of the play. Shakespeare shows the true nature of love, he refrains from showing an idealistic, fairytale version of the emotion. Shakespeare especially shows how love is so intertwined with violence.
Friar Lawrence gains awareness of this as he says this to Romeo the moment he informs Friar about this new Juliet: “Holy Saint Francis, what a change is here! Is Rosaline, that thou didst love so dear, so soon forsaken? Young men’s love the lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes” (2.3.69-72). As can be seen, Friar realizes how Romeo had had such a rapid change. His beloved Rosaline, which he could not make absent in his mind, has suddenly vanished from existence the moment Romeo gets a glimpse of the pretty face of Juliet.
It enhances the readers experience and provides comic relief. Romantic love focuses on the innocent and pure aspects of Romeo and Juliet as well as Friar Laurence. Anti-romantic love contrasts this love by focusing the more lustful and realistic nature of love which is expressed by Mercutio and the Nurse. The result is that the audience tries to answer the question of what love is. Friar Laurence is one of the characters who represents the ideals of romantic love.
He shows how vulnerable people are and how much they rely on love to achieve fulfillment. Since love is an emotion and these are hard to control, humans are almost helpless when it comes to it. In the quest for love we become mad like Malvolio, hopeless like Orsino, helpless like Viola and depressed like Olivia. All of these feeling are suitable for a tragedy. However, Shakespeare chooses very often to use them for his comedies.
William Shakespeare’s As You Like It defies the ardent claims of love that traditional pastoral ideals celebrate. Typically, the pastoral ideals of love include two passionate lovers whose fortunes deter the possibility of having a “happily ever after” situation. However, As You Like It ridicules this extreme idea of love. Within every love story embedded in the play, which include the pairings of Silvius and Phoebe, Touchstone and Audrey, Oliver and Celia, and Orlando and Rosalind, there is a “happily ever after” moment for them with their respective marriages in the final act. Pastoral writing highlighted love stories where lovers could not be with their beloved as shown in Ovid’s Metamorphoses; however, As You Like It depicts marriage as
Have you found your true love? William Shakespeare’s worldwide know play Romeo and Juliet has influenced many people to create their own point of view of this play. Some have created movies, such as Gnomeo and Juliet an animated love story of two gnomes, Romeo and Juliet 1996, and Romeo and Juliet 2013. These movies have the plot in common, two households against each other and two star crossed lovers from each house hold falling in love. However, Letters to Juliet is based on the play, but it has many twists unlike other films.
Mercutio is a foil to Romeo and makes Romeo’s view of love stand out to the readers, by showing his own opinions of love. Mercutio believes that “dreamers often lie” (1.4.56) and lovers dream of love. This shows that Mercutio thinks that love is just an illusion, this contradicts the views of Romeo and Juliet who believe they are deeply in love. By putting these two characters by each other, the reader can clearly see their different views. Mercutio also is used for comic relief.
When an individual thinks about the concept of love, positive thoughts come to mind such as affection, romance, and passion. Love is usually not associated with the negative possible outcomes. Love is often an important part of a story; it builds up excitement and gets the plot going. In William Shakespeare 's Hamlet and Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, the emotion of love is portrayed to drive a character insane. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia’s love for Hamlet ultimately leads to her madness.
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