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This is such a general topic, I had to stop for a moment and wonder where to begin. However, being a literature teacher, my heart kept bringing me back to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. How about comparing the romantic relationship in Shakespeare's play with modern romantic relationships, ... perhaps focusing only on the similarities and differences? How is love at first sight viewed today? What is the role of chivalry in modern romantic relationships? How often does a quick marriage take place, ... and more importantly why does this happen or not happen? How does friendship play a role in romance? How does friendship play a role apart from the relationship itself? Does violence have a place in modern day romance? Are family feuds still relevant in the context of romance, or not? These are just a few ideas to get you started. Most importantly, be sure you choose a romantic subject that truly will spark interest. In this way, you can be assured in enjoying the subject matter AND engaging your audience.
I think that you might find a great deal of discussion in delving into the stories of those who are the victims of spousal abuse and abuse from their partners. (Stay with me, here.) It might be interesting to go through the painful narrative of how the victims of relationship abuse started off their relationships. Did they begin with romantic notions of the good and then the relationship devolved? It would be really interesting to see this in terms of how romantic relationships and the ideas that romanticism inspire helped lay the groundwork for hope in a relationship that ended in despair. It might be very interesting to probe this in coming up with a grounded vision of romanticism and romantic relationships.
1. Romantic relationships are like masterpieces, but every work of art requires great effort.
2. Romantic relationships should be kindled in order to last.
3. In order to have a romantic relationship, one must work hard to sustain it.
4. Although romantic relationships are dreamy and ideal, one must not be led by emotions to keep a long-lasting relationship.
5. Keeping a relationship romantic will require a great deal of effort and cannot be led by emotions only.
Romantic relationships are like masterpieces, but every work of art requires great effort.
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