However, their friendship love is tested throughout the play by their pursuit of true love which, in the end, ultimately prevails. The power of true love is evident in the play, the depiction of love reveals its true nature as in its pursuit it causes the characters to become irrational. True love in this play stems conflict from the troubles of romance by the actions of the lovers. The friendship between Hermia and Helena is at stake because of the romantic love that exists between the different parties in the play. Helena mistakes her obsession with Demetrius with love even though he is very rude to her.
Overall, Shakespeare has presented love as a complex theme throughout Act 1 by consistently showing how love can either end in happiness or hurt. Many of the character throughout the play seem to view love as a curse placed onto people and as something that causes indescribable pain; whereas others view love as something that brings them happiness and joy. These two ideas greatly contrast each other exemplifying how complex love really is. Furthermore, the play as a whole shows how love cannot jump over every hurdle placed in front of it and when it fails to make it over that hurdle the characters feel great
“Love can be uncertain, but true: The story of Hamlet and Ophelia” Love is a feeling difficult to understand. In fact no one exactly knows what does it mean to be in love. Some argue that being in love is feeling butterflies in the stomach and being constantly thinking about someone special. In my opinion, to love someone means to care for them and show respect at all times. In this play, The Tragedy of Hamlet, love is portrayed between the main character, Hamlet and the dear Ophelia.
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.
From the appendices, Clarissa and Joe’s love could be seen as one that is imperishable. On the other hand, Joe scrutinizes the love from Parry as one he has to bear through. Parry still loves Joe even in the appendices, and is also the last love portrayed in the novel. The title of the book itself displays the ambiguity of love, how it is impossible to define it with
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.
Although Shakespeare’s Othello and Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko had two divergent plots, yet both share the same themes of love, honor and trust; which was specifically portrayed by the main characters Othello and Oroonoko. Who also share indistinguishable qualities. Othello is an example of how Shakespeare masterfully manipulates love as a tragic theme, or cause of misery and sadness, to reveal his characters' vulnerabilities. At the same time, in Oroonoko, love is a theme that allows love triangles to develop, fuels power conflicts, and even leads to death. Othello and Oroonoko shared a main characteristic, they both were men of honor; who would do anything to protect it.
The power of Eros love is evident in the play as true love continuously triumphs over Phileo love. The troubles of romance presented in the play present conflict that ultimately damages the friendship love of the Athenians through the irrational actions of the lovers. The Phileo love between Hermia and Helena is at stake because of the romantic love that exists between the different parties in the play. Helena mistakes her obsession with Demetrius with true love despite his poor treatment of her. However, Demetrius loves Helena’s friend, Hermia, and wishes to marry her.
The advice and help he gives them not only affects their decisions, but also the outcome of the play itself. The first one to seek out Friar Lawrence 's advice is Romeo. Romeo confesses that he was talking with Juliet and that they had fallen in love. He was also hoping to receive Friar Lawrence 's consent to marry Juliet and himself. Friar Lawrence agrees to do so because he believes that their love may turn the two families hatred for each other into love.
Sense of Belonging and Satisfaction in “As You like It” One of the other creations of William Shakespeare, the play “As you Like it”, touches almost all edges of human feelings and emotions humorously and entertainingly. In case of Orlando and Oliver, it shows how brotherly affection can change to hate and vice versa; with Rosalind and Celie it displays how love and devotion can help one to confront the obstacles in life and in case of Duke Fredrick it depicts how human desire for pride and power can lead to loneliness and regret. Besides, the whole play is portrait as comedy. The play contains and examines big and serious issues of life while it takes them in light hand and with humor. In addition, most part of the play is comparing the city life with rural way of living.