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How is Juliet's "sweet sorrow" in lines 184-185 appropriate to the lovers dilemma?

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a-smithers | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 10, 2007 at 9:33 AM via web

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How is Juliet's "sweet sorrow" in lines 184-185 appropriate to the lovers dilemma?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 10, 2007 at 10:05 AM (Answer #1)

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When Juliet speaks of parting being such "sweet sorrow," she is talking about something that is both universal and specific. It is universal that distance is necessary to appreciate things; remember the proverb "absence makes the heart grow fonder"? It's also common for lovers to appreciate one another more when they've been apart for a little while.
It is specifically appropriate because Romeo and Juliet desire one another so intensely in part because their love is forbidden; their entire love is a "sweet sorrow."
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