Essay about Expectations of Love

870 Words Nov 17th, 2012 4 Pages
While in love, one should expect a mutual understanding. Negotiation and the will to compromise, as well as shared effort and time are all needed for love to work out. In order for these to play out, one has to understand the other. However, modern day presents love to us as something irrevocable, something that will come without hard work. People expect love to land by their side and then progress to a happily-ever-after ending. Nonetheless, that is not the case. It is not the fairy tale that everyone anticipates as demonstrated in the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. While the two lovers shared a passionate love, it ended tragically. The short story “Love Must Not be Forgotten” by Zhang Jie shares the same theme, her love …show more content…
It is a useful conversation starter and helps the two people understand each other better. Shared interests and hobbies can help build a deeper relationship. Romeo never genuinely tried to find out more about Juliet, reinforcing the opinion that he wasn’t truly in love. The two of them didn’t have anything in common. While reading Romeo and Juliet the fact the two have no basis is apparent. Romeo knows absolutely nothing about Juliet and doesn’t put forth the effort to rectify that problem. Rather, he bypasses that completely, jumping straight into marriage. Zhang Jie’s mother also shares no common interests with her love. While the two may have once been close, as shown by the treasured books, they no longer are. She no longer knows the person that her love may have become and clings onto the person she once knew. She once shared common ground with the old him, but the new him is someone she is strangers with. Neither character has a basis from where they could move on with their relationship
Time was a critical part in both of these relationships. Romeo simply rushed into his relationship with Juliet which only lasted two days before both died. They didn’t take the time to get to know each other better. The whole relationship consisted of a few secret meetings, marriage and then death. To understand someone, one has to be willing to put forth the time to dedicate to them. No one can know someone without spending enough time with them. To be in a

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