`Love is a very strong feeling…

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`Love is a very strong feeling of affection towards someone who you are romantically or sexually attracted to`. (c.f. COBUILD Advanced English Dictionary, 1987). This is only one of the many definitions one can find when talking about love. Every individual has its own definition which is understandable because not everyone had the same experience with that kind of feeling. Love can express affection towards a person as well as satisfaction. Fur-thermore, the love that you feel for your family or your friends is not the same as the one you feel for your partner or even your pet. According to the ancient Greeks there are seven states of love. Storge describes the unconditional love that a parent has for their child while Philia is the love that one has for their close friends. Eros is the erotic and sexual desire kind of love. Agape is an unconditional love for all living things and Ludus is a flirtatious form of love. Pragma is the kind of love that is often seen in married couples whereas Philautia is the love which one has for oneself. (c.f. Catron, 2017). However, there are scientific definitions of romantic and motherly love. According to Dr. Helen Fisher there are three basic brain networks which had been developed by human beings as they mated and reproduced which are lust, romantic attraction and attachment. Lust is the urge for sexual gratification. Both sexes appear to have a greater amount of testos-terone while being attracted to someone. Romantic attraction is caused by higher doses of dopamine and norepinephrine which leads to obsessive thinking about the opponent. At-tachment is defined by the emotional union two people can have whilst being in a long-term relationship. This network is associated with the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin. Dr. Fisher believes that variations of these three basic brain systems are used to create all the other varieties of human love, e.g. motherly love. (c.f. Fisher, 2004). Moreover, Dr. Fisher´s observation, as she and her team scanned the brains of people who were in love, led to the conclusion that romantic love is not an emotion but a drive. It comes from `the motor of the mind, the craving part of the mind` (c.f. Fisher, 2006), which is according to Dr. Fisher more powerful than the sex drive. She argues that people who are rejected in love might be able to kill for love or potentially die for it, whereas for sex this is not the case. (c.f. Fisher, 2006) 3 Romeo and JulietThe tragedy `Romeo and Juliet` written by William Shakespeare, published in 1597 is a story about two star-crossed lovers and their rivalling families. This conflict causes tragic results for the main characters Romeo and Juliet. At the beginning of the play Romeo is madly in love with the unresponsive Rosaline. Romeo´s cousin Benvolio suggest that he should forget her by looking for another, however, Romeo thinks that this is hopeless. Meanwhile, Paris, a relative of the prince, asks Juliet´s father for her hand in marriage. Capulet agrees under the conditions that he should wait two more summers and that Juliet has to agree to marry him. He invites Paris to a feast at his house, for the sake of bringing the two adolescents together. Romeo and Benvolio notice a Capulet servant who is trying to read the list of the invited people to this feast. Romeo helps him read this list, whilst reading it, he sees that Rosaline will also attend this party, therefore he decides to be present. Shortly, after he arrives, Romeo sees Juliet Capulet and falls in love with her instantly. In the meantime, Tybalt, Julien´s cousin, recognizes Romeo but Capulet prevents Tybalt from killing him. Romeo is able to reach Juliet in order to confess his love and Juliet tells him that she feels the same way about him. Furthermore. She tells him that she will send her nurse to meet Romeo, so that he can let her know, where they would be getting married. Juliet is then told by her nurse, to meet Romeo at the chapel because Friar Laurence agreed to marry them. While searching for Romeo, Tybalt stumbles across Ben-volio and Mercutio, who is a friend of Romeo, and asks them where Romeo is because he wants to challenge him. Romeo arrives and doesn´t want to fight Tybalt, however Mercutio draws his sword on Tybalt. At this moment, Romeo tries to separate them but Tybalt is able to injure Mercutio deadly. Afterwards, Romeo fights with Tybalt and kills him, which results in Romeo being banished from Verona. Juliet´s nurse tells her what had happened to Tybalt and Romeo, leaving Juliet heart-broken. However, Romeo, with the help of Juliet´s nurse, is able to sneak into Juliet´s room for their wedding-night. The next day Romeo travels to Man-tua. Meanwhile, Juliet´s parents decide that she had to marry Paris, but she refuses and seeks help from Friar Laurence. He gives her a mixture, which will make her appear dead for two days so that she does not have to marry Paris and Romeo has enough time to return. Friar Laurence also promises her that he will let enlighten Romeo about their plan. The night before her wedding, Juliet drinks the mixture and in the next morning everyone thinks she is dead. Sadly, Friar John is not able to deliver the message about the plan to Romeo and he hears from Balthasar that Juliet is dead. He returns to Verona with a poison, because he vowed to lie dead next to her. As Romeo arrives at the Capulet vault he sees Paris grieving the loss of Juliet. Romeo kills Paris, as he challenged him to a duel, and he then drinks the poison. Friar Laurence arrives to the vault to see Juliet waking and Romeo dead. The Friar tries to convince Juliet to flee but she refuses and kills herself with his dagger. The guards and the prince arrive, as well as the Family Capulet and Montague. Friar Laurence explains to them what has happened and both, Montague and Capulet agree to settle their feud. (c.f. Shakespeare, 1597)

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