True love is caring for someone else so much that you would die rather than be apart from him/her, that you would do anything to be with them even if nobody else believes in you. It’s when you want to spend the rest of your life with one person only because there is no one else you would rather be with. That is what I believe to be true love. On the other hand, I do not believe in love, at first sight. I believe that love, at first sight, is only possible in movies and fictional novels, but not in real life. Many people will not find true love at first sight because most people fall in love with someone after months. If I were Romeo or Juliet, then I would not fall in love as easily as they did, but I would get to know Romeo/Juliet and actually find out if I love them or not and not to judge by their looks alone. I feel that “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News best describes the relationship between Romeo and Juliet in the play.
The reason why I believe that this song describes the theme of Romeo and Juliet is because of the lyrics in the song. The lyrics relate to the theme better than Celine Dion’s version of “The Power of Love” with lines such as:
“It’s strong and it’s sudden it can be cruel sometimes.”
“First time you feel it, it might make you sad
Next time you feel it, it might make you mad
But you’ll be glad baby when you’ve found”
The main theme of Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy. Many events in Romeo and Juliet end with death which can be very cruel for everybody like the song implied. The play also talks about how love can bring sadness and misery but is worth the pain as it brings happiness that nothing else can bring.
“Alas that love, whose view is muffled still,
Should without eyes see pathways to his will!
Where shall we dine?—O me! What fray was here?
Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all.
Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love.
Why then, O brawling love, O loving hate,
O anything of nothing first create!
O heavy lightness, serious vanity,
Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms,
Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health,
Still-waking sleep that is not what it is!
This love feel I, that feel no love in this.
Dost thou not laugh?”
(Act 1, Scene 1, Line 176-188)
“Why, such is love’s transgression.
Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast,
Which thou wilt propagate to have it pressed
With more of thine. This love that thou hast shown
Doth add more grief to too much of mine own.
Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs;
Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;
Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears.
What is it else? A madness most discreet,
A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.
Farewell, my coz.”
(Act 1, Scene 1, Line 191-202)
Celine Dion’s version does not talk about this effect of love since most of the song is about being with someone you love and care about and the feeling you get when you are ‘in’ love. This is why I believe that “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News best represents the theme of Romeo and Juliet.