Romeo And Juliet Essay

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William Shakespeare illustrates a many-sided approach to love in the tragedy Romeo and Juliet through demonstrating emotions that are extreme, cynical, and traditional. Romeo, Mercutio, and Friar Lawrence express different attitudes towards love and each character's viewpoint is influenced by his temperament. Love is a brutal, powerful emotion that captures individuals and propels them against their world, and at times, against themselves.Both the destructive and the created impulses of love are recognized in Romeo and Juliet. Romeo recognizes both the life-giving and death-dealing aspects of love when he describes love as "A choking gall, and a preserving sweet." (I.i.185). He also presents love as a battle: a siege that involves an encounter with assailing eyes. "She will not stay the siege of loving terms, nor bide th' encounter of assailing eyes…" (I.i.210-211). He also states how he feels without Rosaline, and that is "Not mad, but bound more than a madman is; shut up in prison, kept without my food, whipped and tormented…"(I.i.54-55) He is also very passionate. "O then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do! They pray grant thou lest faith turn to despair."(I.v.102-103) He says this to Juliet when he wants to kiss her again, and speaks in a very passionate manner. "Sin from my lips? O trespass sweetly urged! Give me my sin again" (I.v.107-109). Juliet refers to a kiss as a sin, and so Romeo replies by asking Juliet to give him his sin again. "With Rosaline, my ghostly father? No. I have forgot that name and that name's woe." (II.iii.45-46) This means that Romeo has forgotten all about Rosaline so quickly and has moved on to Juliet! This shows Romeo's love somewhat fake and inconsistent.Mercutio feels very cynical about love. "If love be rough with you, be rough with love, Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down." (I.iv.27-28). This basically means that one shouldn't let love overpower their life and to give back as good(or bad) as...

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