Essay on William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

813 Words Dec 10th, 2016 4 Pages
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is often hailed as the greatest literary example of romantic tragedy, but the aspect of tragedy became obscured over time through a variety of popular culture iterations of the play. Now, the play represents a generally accepted model for the ideal romance, so much so that the artist Taylor Swift wrote a song titled “Love Story” that rewrites the plot of Romeo and Juliet to conclude with a happy ending. This essay attempts to address how Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a discursive model for the ultimate tragic romance that has shifted over time to stand in as, simply, the ultimate romance. While Romeo and Juliet is hardly the original model for tragic romance, its discursive nature is derived from the fact that it is the representation that proliferates today’s popular culture scene. As an adolescent reads a play such as Romeo and Juliet, and subsequently encounters it through modern re-creations of popular songs, movies, and books, the desire to imitate the relationship model is internalized, contributing to a preponderance of extremely unhealthy romantic behaviors. A male becomes a young females’ “everything” whom she would “die for.” Romeo and Juliet heavily influences today’s young adult fiction, and novels such as Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, perpetuate the ideal of being willing to die for a romantic partner as a standard for true love. Twilight’s Bella literally gives her human life to be with her romantic love interest, Edward. One…

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