Romeo And Juliet Relationship Essay

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In his infamous play, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare uses the forbidden relationship between Romeo and Juliet to explore the ideas of change and impermanence. From feuding families, the two adolescents are banned from fraternizing with each other. However, the conflicts between their two families does not stop them from becoming star-crossed lovers. Over the course of their relationship, both characters constantly change affinities and feelings, depicting how evanescent love can be and how emotions and relationships can change in the blink of an eye. The constant changes throughout the play highlight the importance of adjustment and adaptability for survival and happiness.

Romeo’s impulsive actions throughout the play prove how feelings, emotions,
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When Romeo is lovesick and unhappy over Rosaline, Benvolio tries to ease his pain, advising him, “One desperate grief cures with another’s languish. Take thou some new infection to thy eye, And the rank poison of the old will die.” He poetically describes love as an infectious disease, and he reasons to get rid of it, it simply has to be replaced. His reasoning demonstrates the transitory nature of love and how it can easily be replaced, emphasizing how being able to adapt and “move on” is important for happiness and well-being. Comparably, the Nurse’s words in the play reflect her ideas on adapting for survival and happiness. Even though the Nurse was previously very supportive of Juliet’s relationship with Romeo, after a few obstacles in the two youngsters relationship, she changes her mind and suggests that Juliet should marry Paris, advising, “I think you are happy in this second match, for it excels your first; or if it did not, your first is dead; or ‘twere as good he were, as living here and you no use of him.” The nurse immediately changes her opinion on Romeo after he is banished, favoring Paris instead. She stresses the fact that Romeo is gone and is not useful in terms of Juliet’s happiness and survival, illustrating the importance of changing mindsets in order to survive or be

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