Romeo and Juliet-Love?- feature article Essay

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Romeo and Juliet-Love?- feature article

"LOVE IS A Certain Inborn Suffering derived from the sight of and excessive Meditation
upon the beauty of the opposite sex, which causes each one to wish above all things the
embraces of the other, and by common desires carry out all of love's precepts in the
other's Embrace" is definition of medieval love. But Really, How much does Shakespeare's
Romeo And Juliet comes to terms of traditional " love"? Think about Romeo in the very
beginning of the play, when he talks about Rosaline. He describes, rather about her looks
as he says: " O, she is rich in beauty, only poor". Romeo talks of his unattainable love
to the beautiful Rosaline. He sees Rosaline as strong, for she would never be hit by
cupid's arrow. This is an example of courtly love. He mourns that she would never be with
him. In Elizabethan time, Courtly Love was accepted in every day life, and it was not
suppose to lead to marriage. Poor Romeo was not able to receive love back from Rosaline
and he uses oxymoron's to show is his confusion" O Brawling loves, o loving hate". He also
adds a little sexual element" Nor ope her lap to saint-seducing gold". Now we ask, Does
Romeo only like Rosaline for her body and appearance?Words like " the precious treasure of
his eyesight lost" and imagery of blindness and darkness all relate to the fact that Romeo
sees loves as a bad thing. Yet Courtly Love is much like the tradition of " Arranged
Marriage". Today, we see this as destruction to our freedom and our right to chose, we
most rather chose our partners in life. But, in Shakespeare's time, obeying your parents
was much like a rule because children " Ha Banishment? Be merciful, say death". Already,
he displays the fact that he would die for Juliet. Juliet too does the same. She risks her
life taking the potion and kills herself when she finds Romeo at death. She goes against
her culture and her parents for loving the enemy. Forgiving is also done when Juliet
learns that Romeo killed her cousin Tybalt. And why do both youngsters do this?Because
they are madly in " love."Or, Perhaps, it is the nature of first and young love. It is a
blissful feeling for both as none has ever experienced love before. Or Maybe, fate pays a
part in true love.At the very beginning of the chorus, Romeo and Juliet are called " Star
Crossed Lovers". Romeo hears of Juliet's " death" and curses the stars. It could be that,
it was destiny that let the two fall in love yet prevent them from being together. Yet,
perceptions of love are challenged. There is such thing as love for lust. We see Sampson
and Gregory'sViews. Them two refer to love more sexually and that a woman is only great as
her body. None, of course, has ever felt love before. They are infact, a bit like Paris
and Lady Capulet as they both believe in love for the appearance. And What about the
nurse? She unfortunately, is depicted as a sexual, lustful thing. Then there is Mercurtio,
who says to the nurse: " This is the hag, when maids lie on their backs, that presses them
and learns them first to bear". He tries to help Romeo to overcome his love for Rosaline
but fails as he, himself does not understand love. must trust their elders. Arranged
Marriage was for reasons like power and increased wealth. The Term " Marriage Is no real
excuse for loving" is emphasised in Romeo And Juliet for Capulet (Juliet'sfather) forces
marriage to Paris for reasons other than love. It was accepted at that time, for young
girls at the age of fourteen to fifteen to get married according to which their parents
chose. Juliet's parents chose the age thirteen. But Juliet's seemingly deep attraction for
Romeo has turned her against the Custom of listening to your parent's will and she refuses
to marry Paris. A bit young for " True Love" some would think. We all know that the
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