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In his play Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare weaves a timeless tale Although it is over 400 years old Romeo and Juliet is as interesting today as it was at its inception and my guess is that its appeal lies in its subject matter Shakepeare picked a theme thats been known to cause indigestion and sleep loss for centuries And yet regardless of the ills associated with it it remains a topic of worldwide interest And that is simply love My mother says that love is one of the most overused misunderstood words in the English language Over time Ive asked friends what they thought it was Ive always received differing answers Its when he opens the door Its when she does the laundry Its that thing that causes insanity It doesnt exist It existed only in the middle ages Its what everyone is hunting for and no one can find Forget about it Merriam Websters Collegiate Dictionary Tenth Edition defines it as 1 1 strong affection for another rising out of kinship or personal ties 2 warm attachment enthusiasm or devotion 3 unselfish loyal and benevolet concern for the good of another 4 to thrive on Spiritual masters say that love is all there is They also say in order to truly know something one must know its opposite To know hot one must experience cold To know sorrow one must have known joy To love one must hate Or at least come pretty damned close to it Without darkness one cannot appreciate light Professors of English say that the greatest writers are those who can hook their readers Those who can propel a story forward Divide and contrast Divide and contrast they say Friction produced by opposing forces creates great drama Shakespeare is a great dramatist In Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare opens with a prologue that basically outlines the entire play After finishing line fourteen the reader isnt required to
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