Misinterpretation Of True Love In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Healthy and successful relationships are based on a mutual respect, appreciation and a deep love rooted in trust. Most couples establish a sustainable relationship over a long period of time, rather than fixating on physical attraction and carnal desires. In truth, love is often mistaken for lust. In Romeo and Juliet, one can see the misinterpretation of infatuation for true love. Lust overcomes the couple’s actions and causes them to continuously make rash decisions without any consideration of the consequences. Romeo becomes infatuated with Juliet and even before meeting her, claims to love her. However, his love is based on her beauty which causes him to uncontrollably profess his love for her: “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight, For …show more content…

When making quick decisions a person should always carefully consider the consequences with being rash. This applies within a relationship; by moving too fast one opens the potential for getting hurt. Romeo and Juliet demonstrate how a tendency for acting on instinct will cause one to lose their dignity and respect from others. The impulse to get married after only just meeting pushed them closer to their doomed deaths, as they did not consider any of the problems that would arise with the commitment: “Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow, By one that I'll procure to come to thee, Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite, And all my fortunes at thy foot I'll lay And follow thee my lord throughout the world.” (2.2.151-155) Their marriage increased the intensity of Romeo and Juliet’s relationship and further blinded them from any rational decisions. When both are faced with the agony of being separated from each other they take their lives without any careful thought, due to their consistent impulsive behaviour. Consequences follow when one is fully swayed by emotions rather than

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