What Art Thou, Love?



Guess what this student right here is studying for English? Romeo and Juliet of course! As part of an assignment I will write about the main theme of the well-known play by Shakespeare – love. Saddest. Love. Story. Ever.

The theme of ‘love’ in Romeo and Juliet would get you thinking, “Hm, all that love stuff in Romeo and Juliet is kinda unrealistic.” Imagine agreeing to marry someone the day after you both met! Remember, the play took place in…actually, no one knows for sure when, although the play was written in the 1500s. But we can say that Romeo and Juliet took place a long time ago in a fictional world far, far away ( 😀 ) where 13-year-old girls could marry (I couldn’t even ride a bike at 13).

In the balcony scene, you could obviously tell that Romeo and Juliet are in love with each other – like, really in love – despite being a part of two feuding families. They even kill themselves at the end because one can’t live without the other. So, Romeo compares Juliet to the sun and asks the sun to “kill the envious moon” – the ‘moon’ is Rosaline, the girl Romeo was in love with previously (he’s a fickle romantic, I know). Juliet appears on the balcony and exclaims the popular phrase, “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” and compares him to a rose (Act II, Scene 2). Romeo and Juliet exchange (really long) vows of love and Juliet suggests they both get married the next day, so Romeo seeks help from his good friend Friar Lawrence (which ends up being a fatal decision!) who weds the two in secret. I was quite surprised that Juliet was the one who hinted at her and Romeo getting married. The guy’s job is to chase the girl, be romantic, and ask the girl to marry him. Not the other way around.

What we see in Romeo and Juliet, especially in the balcony scene and when they first meet at the feast, is that when a boy and a girl fall in love with each other, that’s all there is to it. Both of them can’t help it, and they can’t deny the feelings. For Romeo and Juliet it was love at first sight, but more often, feelings develop over time. Hehe…I’ve probably been watching too many period dramas. 😀

Of course, I have a wonderful family I love and who loves me. There are married couples out there, like my mom and dad, who once fell in love (and still are!) – that love was so deep that they decided to spend the rest of their lives with each other, start a life together, and have adorable kids!

But for me, the real meaning of ‘love’ is God’s love. Yesterday was the first day of the Lenten season. During Lent, we remember and meditate on Jesus’ journey that showed us His never-ending and unconditional love when He sacrificed Himself on the cross for our sins. That is a true love story.

Well, that’s my take on the subject of love. Stay tuned for more posts!


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