How Romance is Celebrated in Literature

Andrew Singh

The course of time has opened many doors in terms of romance. The present age not only consists many different forms in which love can be expressed, but exhibits the essence of romance that dates back to the dawn of time.

Love has existed in many forms throughout time. There is no better example than in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In this tale, when love is most apparent, the most crucial events occur to develop this "tragedy."

Firstly, the lustful romance of Mercutio and Benvolio, Romeo?s comrades have never been in true love, their ideas of love is based merely on physical attributes, whereas ?love is skin deep?.

Mercutio, in contrast with Romeo knows not of true love, as "He jests at scars that never felt a wound." (II.ii.1) His idea of love is when he tries to "conjure" Romeo to respond. His childish, immature attitude towards love is expressed when he describes Rosaline?s features:

"Her high forehead" and "quivering thigh"(II.ii.18-19). This lustful idea of romance is only emphasised when he describes Rosaline as "An open-arse and thou a poperin pear!"

Rosaline, Romeo?s initial unrequited love seemed irrelevant once Romeo had set his eyes upon Juliet. This may portray a side of Romeo, which shows that as easily as he falls ?in? love, he can fall ?out? of love.

However, Romeo and Juliet?s love was pure and ideal, and because of their forbidden love, it leads them to their graves. Upon seeing Juliet all alone, talking in soliloquy, Romeo proclaims, "It is the east, and Juliet is the Sun," this metaphor enhances Juliet?s beauty as it is exaggerated and pronounced as the beauty of the sun. The forbidden love of Romeo and Juliet is spawned from the feud between the two households; Capulet and Montague and throughout Juliet?s ?supposed? soliloquy, she ponders over the prospect of the two families? names: "What?s in a name?" (II.ii.43)

Upon hearing this, Romeo, who reciprocates the romance, replies belligerently "Had I it written, I would tear the word." (II.ii.57)

Convinced that their love was pure, Juliet has been sold, in an unconventional act for a woman in those times, she takes the initiative and plans their future together;
"If that thy bent of love be honourable,
Thy purpose of marriage" (II.ii.143-144)

Leading to the departure of Romeo and Juliet from the balcony scene, Shakespeare has made use of juxtaposition when Juliet sullenly states, "Parting is such sweet sorrow" (II.ii.184)

Upon examining this passage, Romeo and Juliet must have fallen deeply in love for the ?woman? of the relationship to already be planning the wedding. Despite the fact that this was profoundly unconventional in the time, it shows how much society has evolved, as it has been known to happen in more modern times.

Similar to Shakespeare?s ?Romeo and Juliet?, James Cameron?s blockbuster ? Titanic is a true romance story based upon the forbidden love shared between Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) and Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio), which lead to the inevitable end of the ship, Titanic.

Rose, who was brought up "the way all wealthy girls should be" falls in love with Jack who was a lowly 3rd class passenger, who won is ticket on a lucky hand of poker. However, the situation wasn?t that easy, there were certain obstacles in which the couple had to overcome. With Rose being a high-class, wealthy girly, she was expected to marry someone equally, and if not more wealthy. The complication was that Rose was already engaged to Cal Hockley ? a devious character, yet the heir to profound wealth, "Jack, I?m engaged, I?m marrying Cal, I love Cal".

Rose?s mother, Ruth also disapproved of Jack and Rose?s relationship as she reminds Rose each day that their "Situation is precarious, you know the money?s gone."

This masterpiece, imitates the same troubles in Romeo and Juliet that a family and society can give to a relationship. Stated early in the movie and repeated for effect, the quote of Jack, when Rose was close to committing suicide was "You jump, I jump" which begins the story where Rose and Jack fall in love. It also is the motto by which Rose returned with Jack when the Titanic was sinking to lead the audience to the prodigious anti-climax.

Based on Robert Frost?s - ?The Road not Taken?, this humorous parody by Blanche Farley ? ?The Lover not Taken? is portrays the persona of a woman who chose