Theme Of Love And Madness In Romeo And Juliet

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A very thin line can be drawn between the two concepts of love and madness, which needs to be crossed in order for people to really figure out what they want from their relationship, moving past their initial attraction into a deeper emotional bond. This line has been explored for centuries, and is a prominent theme in the famed Romeo and Juliet. The two main characters in this play fall madly in love within minutes of meeting each other, and their actions throughout the next few days show exactly how love can lead to madness and ultimately, destruction. Romeo and Juliet’s romance often skirts the line between a loving relationship and a dangerous infatuation, and gives a direct look into how a seemingly innocent emotion can turn detrimental …show more content…
Romeo’s unpredictable emotions and ability to completely change his personality within seconds is demonstrated when he transfers his affections from Rosaline to Juliet: “Did my heart love till now? Foreswear it, sight, for I ne’er saw true beauty till this night” (1.5.59-60). Merely a minute or two ago, Romeo was moaning over his eternal love for Rosaline, and lamenting that she didn’t love him back. His love turns him into a different person; his personality fluctuates based on how he’s feeling at the moment, and who he’s feeling for. Romeo’s entire persona is affected by how much he loves someone at a given moment; he doesn’t know who he is without someone else to rely and reflect upon. Romeo’s impulsiveness and irrationality when it comes to love is when it comes to love is shown in his readiness to sneak into the garden of his family’s mortal enemy to see the object of his affections: “With love’s light wings did I o’erperch these walls, for stony limits cannot hold love out, and what love can do, that dares love attempt. Therefore thy kinsmen are not stop to me” (2.2.71-74). Romeo has only known of Juliet’s existence for a few hours, and he’s already prepared to do anything to be with her, even taunt others to …show more content…
Though their love may seem pure and innocent on the outside, it later morphs into an unpredictable obsession that threatens the normalcy of their lives. Their story shows how strongly emotions can impact people, and how the downfall of one or two individuals can wreck an entire community. Though Romeo and Juliet’s love story seems devastatingly romantic on the cover, a deeper look inside shows how the two of them lost themselves in their journey to find each other, and how a sweet love can turn into a bitter death in just days. The line between love and madness has to be traversed in order to reach a place where both people in a relationship are happy and emotionally connected, but getting trapped in a place of infatuation and recklessness can, and will, lead to the destruction of both

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