William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet Essay

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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 heavens, and do they perhaps overestimate God’s favor? In what way does the language used between Romeo and Juliet suggest that their relationship is a teenage fantasy and not true love? Also, Does the blinding of love perhaps push Romeo and Juliet to commiting sin? Throughout the story of Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare uses religious imagery to show the blind love that Romeo and Juliet have for each other; and to demonstrate how easily it is to be binded by love that someone shares for the other. With only the purest intentions in mind, Romeo and Juliet 's over optimistic behaviour towards their relationship was undoubtedly formed due to their misunderstanding of God’s role in love. This misconception was formed after the…

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