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Writing: Love in Romeo & Juliet vs A Midsummer Night's Dream

How can I write an essay about love in "Romeo and Juliet" vs. "A Midsummer Night's Dream"? What are the differences between them? What do I need to consider when forming my essay?

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When you begin to consider how to write an essay on the theme of love in "Romeo and Juliet" vs. "A Midsummer Night's Dream," you must consider the ways that they are alike and different. This study guide will help you consider some of the similarities and differences.

Each play shows the difficulties of love in a quasi-comedic fashion. However, where "Romeo and Juliet" shows that the lovers were doomed from the start, "A Midsummer's Night Dream" shows the lovers as triumphant over all odds.

ROMEO AND JULIET:
1) In "Romeo and Juliet," the audience is told in the prologue, "A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life." We are warned from the start that the love in the play will end in tragedy. This first line is an excellent starting point for your essay. You will be able to focus on the foreshadowing of the tragedy of love.

2) Love affects both Romeo and Juliet in the story in that it makes them live an entire lifetime in a few days. It ages both characters tremendously. In the beginning, they are two young children in love, but as the story progresses they become more mature. You can use the following quote to enhance this point. Paris says, "Good gentle youth, tempt not a desperate man...Wilt thou provoke me? Then have at thee, boy!"(Shakespeare 118; 5.3.59, 70) Love has caused the young Romeo to grow older than Paris in spirit. The lovers have ...

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Gives ideas and descriptions of how to write an essay about Love for William Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" compared / contrasted to "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Its also helpful for writing on either of these plays singularly.

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