Expectations of Love

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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 did not conclude happily. Neither put forth the effort to understand each other. Thus their love did not move onto the next step.
Love is an emotion. To be able to love a person, one must first feel the emotion of love itself, not lust. Romeo doesn’t seem to be able to make the distinction between the two. His sudden jump of love interests sets his emotional values into the spotlight. Amidst his confessions of love, the main driving point is Juliet’s beauty, putting his feelings for her into question. While he claims that love is the reason behind his pursuit, his young age as well as his attitude regarding love, suggests more of feelings of lust. The mother from “Love Must Not be Forgotten” is also in love. However, her love borders on the edge of an unhealthy obsession. The distance between her and her love is too great for it to be reciprocated. Due to this fact the mother has given up on her love ever succeeding; despite that, it is not that simple. Her obsessive need for her love’s presence drives her to misery, she cannot forget about him regardless of all her attempts. Both characters never truly had the emotional…...

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