The Theme Of Love In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Romeo And Juliet Essay
“Virtue is its own reward, and brings with it the truest and highest pleasure; but if we cultivate it only for pleasure 's sake, we are selfish, not religious, and will never gain the pleasure, because we can never have the virtue” (John Henry Newman)
The theme of love as being blind is repeatedly discussed in Romeo and Juliet. It is shown through religious uses of imagery and their betrayal of their faith. Romeo compares Juliet to a saint as he kisses her hand, saying that he is unworthy to do so, and at several moments the duo declare their love as divined by God who he in return betrays by committing sin. These narrative choices leave behind many questions such as, what are the connection between their affair and the
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During the balcony scene Juliet is engulfed by her affection for Romeo when she says "Or, if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self, Which is the God of my idolatry"(Shakespeare 2.2.113). Juliet is speaking to Romeo about swearing their love on the balcony as she foolishly denounces her faith to God and puts her religion in Romeo. By saying that Romeo is her God she is idolizing him and betraying God by using his name in vain. She is also telling Romeo to swear by his God like self. Shakespeare could have included this line to show that worshipping one other than God is dangerous and can lead to an unwanted situation. From this point onwards their love only grows stronger and their obedience for God only weakens as they sin once more. Once Juliet awakens from her sleep and finds Romeo, the one she worshiped and invested all her love in, without a pulse, she loses all will to live “Yea, noise? then I 'll be brief. O happy dagger! [Snatching Romeo 's dagger] This is thy sheath; [Stabs herself] there rust, and let me die.”(Shakespeare 5.3.169-171). Love prevented Romeo and Juliet from thinking rationally and pushes them both into ending their own lives. They take each others lives without any logical thinking, especially when Romeo had killed others and committed far too many sins to be accepted into heaven, therefore their love would not continue in the afterlife. By having both Romeo and Juliet die, Shakespeare is showing how ridiculous the love they shared for one another was. These two couldn 't be together in life, and neither will they in

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