28 April 2014
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
In Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, a son and a daughter of two sworn-enemies fall in “love” and become star-crossed lovers who take their lives. Throughout this play, Shakespeare’s work demonstrates a mockery of love through Romeo and Juliet’s ill-advised decisions. The night Romeo and Juliet meet, they over extend their fondness for each other so much, they think marriage the next day is necessary. All through this experience, the two lovers claim that they cannot be without one another. Towards the end, both Juliet and Romeo surrender their lives for each other.
A few hours into the story of the play, Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love, then determine to marry the following day. The two teenagers encounter each other at a party, where they immediately profess their admiration for the other. Once Juliet finds out who Romeo is, she speaks, “My only love, sprung from my only hate!” (Shakespeare 748). Right after Juliet dances and kisses Romeo, she believes that he is her one and true love, even though they barely know who the other is. After the party ends, Romeo wanders off and sees Juliet’s balcony. They begin to construct a plan on how to marry, and Juliet proposes, “If that thy bent of love be honorable, thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow by one that’ll procure to come to thee where and what time thou wilt perform the rite” (Shakespeare 759). Juliet feels that the only way to prove their love is through the exchanging of vows. Romeo agrees to marry this young woman that he claims to be his love-at-first-sight but what does he know about Juliet besides that she is the daughter of Lord Capulet? Because Romeo and Juliet’s love for one another is seemingly strong, they marry the upcoming day and never want to leave the other’s side.
Juliet and Romeo form an addiction to the other where they declare they cannot be without him or her. After the “love birds” decide on marriage,...