Love, An Emotion or a Simple Feeling

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A Comparison between Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Romeo and Juliet"

Love can take hold in an instant and feel like magic. Most view love as a deep emotion that must be cultured or grown. It is a timeless topic. Writers have and will use this emotion as a subject for many centuries. It can be described as making one feel as if they are walking on air. Love has been known to make people do things that they feel they would have never done. Love can make you feel as if there is nothing you can do to stop your actions. Love will forever be the theme of popular entertainment and a source of confusion for men and women. Shakespeare took this mixed emotion and used it multiple times in his works. Shakespeare writes of love as being passionate and impulsive or sensible and reasonable. The assumptions about love are radically different in the comedies and the tragedies.

This analysis will compare the romantic comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream and the romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet.

Both plays give the theme of love a very different meaning. The difference is driven from the plot and ending of the plays. Romeo and Juliet is a story about two lovers who long to be together here on Earth. Instead, the only true place they can be together is in heaven. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet were victims of Cupid's arrow. Romeo and Juliet view their love as their destiny. Ironically, the party that was thrown by Lord Capulet for Juliet to meet her future husband Paris is where Juliet met Romeo. They met by chance. Their meeting was viewed as love at first sight. Their first conversation ended with a kiss. Their meeting was regrettable. Romeo and Juliet knew that...