The Importance Of Love In Romeo And Juliet

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As a tale which revolves around a forbidden romance, it is no surprise that in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, love is a prominent theme. In this book, love is an overpowering force. It not only drives the plot, but also forces the characters to make powerful life altering choices. As a result, all the members of the play have their own distinct view of love, whether it be benign or tragic. While Romeo and Lady Capulet already have differing opinions on many topics, their views contradict most on the purpose that love serves. Romeo is influenced by his desires and passions when it comes to romance, while Lady Capulet has come to accept love and marriage as responsibilities, rather than something driven by her own wants.
Romeo is a lovesick adolescent who is more in love with the idea of romance than the actual girl herself. However, after facing rejection, he thinks of love as a disease that has overtook him. Romeo is in love with love. When he finds someone he loves, he dedicates all his time and energy into it and forgets everything else. When Romeo falls in love, he falls in love completely.
“Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs;
Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers ' eyes;
Being vexed a sea nourish 'd with loving tears
What is it else? a madness most discreet,
A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.”
(1.1.197-201)
When Romeo is turned down by Rosaline, he describes love as a “madness” that is “choking” him. He is suffering because he fell head over
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