The Lasting Fame Of Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet Essay

2181 Words Oct 13th, 2016 9 Pages
The lasting fame of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet stems, at least in part, from its ending: the suicides of the titular lovers. That Romeo and Juliet’s love ends in death might lead some to question whether flaws in their love doom Romeo and Juliet from the start. Romeo and Juliet’s love “fails” to conquer all, however, due to factors outside of their control. Despite their engaging in a powerful and genuine love, the enmity between their families, a lack of societal understanding and accommodation for romantic love, and accidents of fate lead to their death.
Romeo and Juliet feel a deep and authentic love for each other in the play. From the first moment Romeo sees Juliet, he feels a love entirely different than the “love” he felt for Rosaline. Romeo describes his wooing of Rosaline using words, such as “siege” (1.2 211) and “assailing” (1.2 212), that connote a rather narcissistic desire to conquer and possess; he almost has an expectation that Rosaline should give into him. In contrast, when Romeo first sees Juliet, he sees her “Beauty” as “too rich for use” (1.5 48) and describes his hand as “unworthiest” (1.5 93) to touch her. While Romeo’s quick switch from loving Rosaline to loving Juliet may lead some readers to view him as simply a fickle and superficial lover, the compatibility Romeo and Juliet display as they extemporaneously compose a sonnet together suggest there is more to Romeo’s love for Juliet than just her looks. Instead of solitarily reciting a litany of…

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