Romeo and Juliet Analytical Essay In Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare shows us that love is a most powerful, complex and dangerous emotion. Discuss. Romeo and Juliet are the tragic lovers of Shakespeare’s greatest love story Romeo and Juliet. The well-known couple strongly believed in and acted upon the impulse of love, even though it causes their deaths, it confirms that love is a very powerful emotion. Shakespeare carefully writes the story based around both the blinding emotions of love and the hate.
Although, love and hate are very similar emotions, the different forms of love depicted in Romeo and Juliet exhibit the complex extremities and danger of love. Love is so powerful, complex and dangerous it is the slowest form of suicide. Love is so complex that there is no true explanation on what it is or how it affects any person. At first, when Romeo is introduced to the audience, he is portrayed as a sickly infatuated teenager. Romeo describes to Benvolio his description of love which was made of ‘fume of sighs’.
Then, he selects his words carefully to emphasise his need for love: ‘What is it else? a madness most discreet, / A chocking gall, and a preserving sweet. ’(I. i. 187-188) During Capulet’s get together, we meet Juliet who is able to return Romeo’s need of love with her own ‘true-love passion’. The story progresses and their desire for passion evolve into a forbidden love with an immeasurable amount of secrecy, which causes them both to mature and change.
With the enmity of the houses and the quantity of unfortunate tragedies, Romeo and Juliet’s love could only become more complex every second.
Romeo and Juliet shared an immoderate love which moved too fast, the flaws in their personalities changed it to a dangerous love. They were desperate for intense passion; which leads them to impulsively make irreversible decisions. Friar Lawrence noticed their flaws and spontaneous decisions and gave them a meaningful simile describing their love: ‘These violent delights have violent ends, / And in their triumph die like fire and powder,’ (II. vi. 9-10) Within the day Romeo and Juliet are wedded, Romeo’s best friend Mercutio is slain and Juliet’s cousin Tybalt is murdered by her husband Romeo.
After those two events, they completely lose control and as teenagers they do not have the mental capacity to undertake thorough reasoning under constant emotional pressure. At this point in the story, when Romeo is banished and Juliet supposedly dead, their love is on thin ice. Their dangerous love, takes the form of impulse. Romeo along with his irrationalism determined the ending, without the slightest consideration his chose death to escape his misfortune, ‘Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee tonight. ’ (V. i. 34) Love is the source of all power and happiness, but without each other Romeo and Juliet were lost in their own thoughts.
Their passion and love help them overcome many obstacles and their feelings are the strongest when they are together, even denying their family name was not a problem: Deny thy father and refuse thy name; Or, if though wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I’ll no longer be a Capulet. But, when they are separated, one cannot live without the other. Romeo and Juliet find death as escape from their fate; however love was able to soften extreme hardships. Their love was a motivation which assists them to break free from the norm in Verona: But passion lends them power, time means, to meet,
Temp’ring extremities with extreme sweet. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare also presents another powerful emotion which juxtapositions with love. Although, love and hate come from different contentions, both these emotions display similar effects on humans. These feelings can provoke humans to lose control, give people unimaginable power and can also blind people from rational judgment. Love not only outshines hate in Romeo and Juliet however, it is also the most complex, powerful and dangerous emotion. Like two sides of a coin, love can be the source of all power and can also be the cause of all misery.