The Complicated Thing We Call Love

True Love Lasts a Lifetime

Xaniel, “Old Couples in Love Are So Cute”, September 7, 2012. Retrieved on March 8, 2015 from

How do you know that you’ve fallen in love?

What is true love? The answer is simple but there are many layers to it. When you’re truly in love with someone, you cannot live without them. You need them in your life, and you can’t function without them. They complete you and you complete them. There is a strong connection between two people, and the love is everlasting. That person is your priority, your future, your everything. These feelings are very powerful, and once you have found the person of your dreams, you will live your entire lives with them and only separate when they have perished, hopefully to be reunited in the greatest destination; heaven. You never fight with that person and if you do, you get angry that you let the problem escalate, and you want nothing more than to reconcile and get back together.

Do you believe in love at first sight? Watch this video.

Love at first sight does indeed exist. This is seen through the video; their love story is truly inspirational. They knew it from the beginning, they began talking and their relationship flourished. They fell in love and have been married for many years, this is the meaning of true love and is proof that there is meaning to the phrase.

“I was 15 and she was 12 which didn’t make a whole lot of difference, because at that age why you’re just infatuated, and that’s what I was. That brown eyed girl over there, I said I’ve got to get to know her.” – Elderly Man

Romeo and Juliet

Mary, Grase, “Art Romeo and Juliet”, n.d. Retrieved on March 8, 2015 from

It is also seen in Romeo and Juliet in Act 1, Scene 5. When Romeo first sees Juliet, he declares that he has never been in love until that moment. In lines 51-60 Romeo says the following:

“Oh, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night As a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear, Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear. So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows As yonder lady o’er her fellows shows. The measure done, I’ll watch her place of stand, And, touching hers, make blessèd my rude hand. Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.”

Romeo states that her beauty is too good for this world, and that she is too beautiful to die and be buried. He also asks himself if his heart has ever felt love before this moment. Finally ends off by saying that his eyes were liars, because he has never seen true beauty until tonight. He forgets about Rosaline, and finally moves on. It is very realistic because you first fall in love with someone because of their looks, then afterwards, you learn more about them and their personality and the feelings intensify after.

What advice would I give to Romeo?          

  •  Never give up on finding love
  •  Don’t be discouraged if a girl doesn’t like you, there are many others out there
  •  Get to know the girl before claiming that you’ve fallen in love with her 
  •  Find out what the girl is like, maybe you will find that you don’t like her personality
  •  Once you have found the one, love her and never let her go

Which song best represents the theme of love in Romeo and Juliet?

It’s time to see which song best describes the relationship of Romeo and Juliet. First up is Céline Dion with “The Power of Love.” Have a listen.

This song talks about being dependent on your significant other. Also, about being inseparable, because even when “it seems I’m far away never wonder where I am cause I am always by your side.” Moreover, she sings about how when she is with him she can forget about all her problems. This song represents the basic knowledge of love. It does not address the bigger picture, and fails to describe how complex love really is. It is true that Romeo and Juliet love each other and they feel like they can beat all odds and do things that they never thought they could now that they’re together. But even so, the “Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News does a far better job at describing the theme and goes into further detail.

Again, have a listen.

This song better represents the love theme of Romeo and Juliet. He sings about love changing you as a person as well as your thoughts, your feelings, and your overall perspective on life. The following line perfectly explains their love:

“It’s strong and it’s sudden and it’s cruel sometimes.” – Huey Lewis

His love was so strong for Juliet, that he forgot his feelings for Rosaline. It was sudden, he randomly saw her at the feast and immediately asked the serving man who she was. He went up to her and asked for a kiss so that she could replenish him with purity, and get rid of his sins. It was a mutual connection and changed his attitude towards love completely. However, love is cruel, Romeo being a Montague, and Juliet being a Capulet, the love is therefore forbidden. In lines 61-62 Tybalt says “This by his voice, should be a Montague. Fetch me my rapier, boy.” These two families have a lot of tension between them and utterly despise one another. Therefore, it is dangerous to be in love with her.

 “The power of love is a curious thing
make a one man weep, make another man sing
Change a hawk to a little white dove
more than a feeling that’s the power of love.” – Huey Lewis

In Act 1, Scene 1, Romeo says “Tut! I have lost myself. I am not here. This is not Romeo. He’s some other where,” he lost himself because a girl who he had loved didn’t love him back and consequently was severely depressed. Fast forward to scene 5 where his demeanor has changed drastically. This was by the power of love, he was weeping before but now he has become hopeful again. Finally, this song addresses how complex love can really be. It is a roller coaster of emotions, and when you find yourself falling for someone else, you’ll do anything for that person, even if it may be forbidden, you can’t stand being apart from them. The power of love will make you do things that you never thought  you would do ever before.


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