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by William Shakespeare

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What are the effects of love presented in Romeo and Juliet?

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The only good result of love in this play is that Romeo and Juliet are briefly happy when they are in love (before all the dying), and the feud ends after they die.

There are pretty much no happy relationships in Romeo and Juliet.  Shakespeare seems to want us to believe that love has tragic consequences.

Romeo is pining for his ex-girlfriend Rosaline when the play begins.  It seems that Rosaline has decided to remain chaste.  Poor Romeo is miserable.

Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast,

Which thou wilt propagate, to have it prest

With more of thine. (Act 1, Scene 1, p. 15)

When Romeo meets Juliet, we think things are looking up.  Unfortunately, they are not able to escape the curse of the family feud.  Romeo fights with Tybalt and is banished.  He secretly marries Juliet, and they have one night together before he has to leave town.  Romeo says he would...

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