Romeo and Juliet

Essay by babygirlblueHigh School, 12th gradeA+, June 2005

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I consider myself a hopeless romantic. I have hopes and dreams of finding my true love. Although I would like for my true love to say he would die for me and would never want to live without me, and me the same for him, I know realistically that this would never be. There is no better example of this love than in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In this tale , their love was true and they did give up their lives tragically, so as not to be without each other. In this play there are also forms of love between friends, and "love" for enemies, and I will explore all three.

Two households both alike in dignity From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From froth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life, Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows Doth with their death bury their parent's strife.

The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love And the continuance of their parents' rage, Which, but their children's end, nought could remove, The which, if you with patient ears attend, What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend. First, love for friends was, and is a necessity for the characters.

Romeo was in love with Rosaline, a girl who didn't feel love the same way he did. Consequently, Romeo was distraught over his love and felt that no woman could be as fair as Rosaline. " For beauty starv'd with her severity cuts beauty off from all posterity. She is too fair, too wise, wisely too fair, to merit bliss by making me despair. She hath forsworn to love, and in that vow do I live dead, that live to tell it now." (I, I,