Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Romeo Juliet conundrum

What of love stories that achieve greatness ? Did the lovers set out with aspirations of immortality – that little irreplaceable slice of eternity’s memory? Did they always sense that their seeming innocuous actions would illuminate the path for generations of lovers? Did they know that tragedy lay in their future? For immortal love stories are inked with the blood of the protagonists. A tragic end is a balm for the saga to protect it against the ravages of time. An insurance, if you will, against the simple abject possibility of normality. Did the lovers live a normal life not knowing what lies ahead? What of normal love stories then? Those guided by the simple matter of heart and head. Are they blessed with the kind of banality that inspires comfort? Should those lovers comfort themselves that immortality is too high a price to pay? Would it better to go down in history or to not go down at all?

4 comments:

Vidya said...

I can never think thoughtfully about Romeo & Juliet. Perhaps because it was killed for me during my high school English class, or because I expected something more.

A lighter take on Romeo & Juliet (Profane language) -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwnFE_NpMsE&feature=related

Parth said...

@Vidya: Will check the link out the next chance I get. Of course, Romeo/Juliet was only a point of reference. I was targeting a bigger question.

RTD2 said...

Very well written. The answer I think lies in the wisdom of Fido Dido - Normal is boring :)

Parth said...

@RTD2: Thanks