Shakespeare's View Of Love In Romeo And Juliet

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Love, although commonly viewed positively in turn, can have an adverse perspective in some literature. In Romeo and Juliet, by Shakespeare, readers can observe this approach. Despite some may say Shakespeare views love positively, Shakespeare clarifies through his writing that his viewpoint is negative by portraying it as ephemeral, giving negative feelings, and that it could lead to irrational decisions. Contrary to love being everlasting, Shakespeare describes how it is both temporary and not genuine. In the beginning, Romeo is insistent that Rosaline is the love of his life. “Thou canst not teach me to forget” (I.i.234). Shakespeare implants the words that he will never get over her and no one can replace her. He sets these dialogues up so when Romeo goes to the party, he mind distinctly changes. “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night” (I.v.52-53). Romeo does a complete change in mindset. He was certain Rosaline was the…show more content…
One common feeling is the one of being dead. “She hath forsworn to love, and in that vow do I live dead to tell it now” (I.i.220-221). Romeo feels like he cannot proceed without Rosaline’s love. Shakespeare describes the feelings one feels while in love. “Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health, still waking sleep, that is not what it is! This love feel I, that feel not love in this” (I.i.77-79). Shakespeare captures the pain and misery that is brought to these characters. He does not write how everything is perfect, but rather how it is not. The love that reaches his characters is harmful than cheerful. “that heaven finds means to kill your joys with love”(V.iii.293). Throughout the story, he makes it clear that due to love, displeasing actions happen. All the characters have negative things happening to them because they love. Along with negativity, this drives them to make irrational

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