"In the play, love conquers everything." How do I approach this essay question if I were to fully agree with that statement?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that one way of approaching this question with agreement is to argue that the death of both lovers now allows them to be together forever.  In the most odd of ways, this shows that their love transcends life.  The fact that they both die together shows how their love was probably not meant for the warring world of Verona, and in the process, there was a clear display of how their love transcended consciousness in such a world.  At the same time, I think that the unity shown by both families at the end of the drama shows how love can conquer hostility.  If one were to argue that the two of them were actually in love with one another, then their deaths end up proving the truth of their words.  The professing of love between one another was something embraced through their death.  In both families being forced to witness the results of their actions, the results of their anger, the corpses of the two lovers help to inspire a sense of resolution in both sects.  Through this, one can argue that love does conquer the present condition of what is and moves it into the realm of what can be.

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