How does the suicidal impulse that both Romeo and Juliet exhibit relate to the overall theme of young love? Does Shakespeare seem to consider self-destructive tendency inextricably connected with love, or is it a separate issue?? Why do you think so? Give Examples of how their love is, isn't, or could be both self-destructive or a separate issue when considering the elements of love.

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Overall, Shakespeare doesn't think that there is an inherently self-destructive tendency inextricably connected with love. While he acknowledges that there can be a dark side to love, in other plays we see healthy love relationships without a self-destructive edge: Portia and Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice, for one example. As for Romeo and Juliet itself, the play would lose much of its edge if it were merely arguing that young love is inherently self-destructive. The greater and more compelling issue is that larger social forces—in this case, the Capulet-Montague feud—create a destructive frame around the young lovers. If the lovers were...

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