Romeo and Juliet: The Story of Young Infatuation “Love is not affectionate feeling but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained” ~ C. S. Lewis Lay theologian and literary critic C. S. Lewis has a very clear view on love. Romeo and Juliet have an infatuation with each other that is often confused with love, but it is not. Romeo and Juliet do not show examples of wanting the best for each other, in fact they continuously make selfish decisions that only benefit themselves. C. S. Lewis says that love is not a feeling; the young teens mistake their affectionate feelings for one another with a true love, which it is not. In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet neglect to think of each other when making decisions and do not know each other before they get married, which shows that Romeo and Juliet were not in love but rather infatuated with the each other.
In William Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, the protagonists Romeo and Juliet claim to be in love with each other. Romeo and Juliet have barely spent any time together in the entirety of the play. They have not had the time to develop a loving relationship, and they both are far too young to understand what true love is. Romeo and Juliet are not really in love because they are caught up in their adolescent hormones and emotions, they have not spent much time together, and they fell in love with each other for the wrong reasons. Romeo and Juliet are not really in love and are just caught up in their teenage hormones and emotions.
Slaves to Passion In our lives sometimes we do not think rationally, and we allow our emotions to control and our passions to rule us. We need to self determine the point we will allow them to control us, and how much control we will give them. In the play, Romeo and Juliet, we see many examples of ruling passions. We see both sides to this; Romeo, who is very emotionally driven, and Juliet, who is more logic driven. Is it acceptable to allow ourselves to be controlled by our passions?
In this essay I will be exploring how Shakespeare illustrates the theme of love in Romeo and Juliet with particular reference to Act one scene five and Act two scene two. The play has multiple types of love shown throughout, however in this piece I will be focusing on Romantic love, more specifically, the love between Romeo and Juliet. I find this category of love to often be more vividly expressed in writing, with the use of additional poetic techniques. Act one scene five begins with servants conversing and progresses on to a conversation between Capulet, Tybalt and Romeo. Romeo’s first speech of the scene holds many types of imagery and poetic terms to portray emotion.
‘Romeo and Juliet’ is a play written by William Shakespeare on 1597, which illustrates a tragic love story between a son and a daughter of two opposing families, the Montague and the Capulet. ‘Romeo + Juliet’ is a modernised version of the play, interpreted and directed by Baz Luhrmann on 1996. Both Shakespeare’s play and Luhrmann’s film both illustrates the theme of love “romantic yet forbidden love” in act 2 scene 2 by characterising Juliet differently, changing the setting, and the tone. Juliet is characterised differently in order to accentuate the ‘romantic love’ between Romeo and Juliet.
II. Comparison and Contrast: These two literary pieces are one of the saddest love stories in literature. In most romances, their love bloomed slowly and their love was truly above all and became the purpose of their lives, loving each other till their last breath. These two literary pieces are one of the best stories that I’d ever read, and it was so wonderful and breathtaking, reading this gave me a thrill of suspense, while thinking how to compare and contrast between the two literary pieces, the common is that both are all about love and tragedy. Romeo and Juliet is forbidden to fall in love because of their family having an ongoing feud, and had a love at first sight, they are expressing their love secretly and privately for their family
Juliet says, “My only love, sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me, that I must love a loathed enemy,” (1.5.136-140), after realizing she has fallen in love with Romeo, a Montague. The feuding of their families does not allow Romeo and Juliet to be with one another, but in the end, their love is what eventually brings the feuding to end. In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the nature of Romeo and Juliet’s love is what leads to a paradigm changing tragedy.
1st paragraph + reasons - Families (Montague v.s. Capulet) 2nd paragraph + reasons - Physical v.s. Emotional Love 3rd paragraph + reasons - Age (18 v.s. 14) Closing paragraph + reasons - Rap it up Topic #3: Comparison of Love After watching Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, it is blatantly obvious that Romeo stands as the resident playboy. Though he seems very much attached to Rosaline, he soon becomes infatuated with a 13 year old Juliet, his sworn enemy.
“For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” The 16th century tale of the star-crossed lovers became eternalized as the epitome of what love is, or at least should be like across time periods, cities, and cultures. Shakespeare defined love as: “It’s a wise form of madness. It’s a sweet lozenge that you choke on.” Thus, by this definition a lot of young couples with their heads above the clouds correlate their relationships with the above mentioned one, and even go as far as to idolize the phrase “thus with a kiss I die”.
"…When confronted with stressful or emotional decisions, [teenagers] are more likely to act impulsively, on instinct, without fully understanding or analyzing the consequences of their actions" (Dr. David Fassler). Teenagers, past and present, are known for making spontaneous and sometimes senseless decisions. Romeo from the play “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare is no different. Romeo is a teenager who makes numerous impulsive decisions that have disastrous consequences.