Love’s Dream (Romeo and Juliet)

Eidos | 9/17/2019 | Staff
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Beware a love or a life based on mere dreams.

God may speak in dreams, but so do devils. A good man knows a godly dream commands to virtue with prudence. Devils or our own passions stir us to quick, irrational behavior that has no time or patience for reason, virtue, or prudence.

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True love may come with dreams, but true love is never based on a dream, too uncertain to base the most important decisions of life. Too often we deceive ourselves that what we wish, our passions, or rapidly gained desires are love and this false love can call up dreams, though never dreams that match God’s revelation or best reason.

Shakespeare warns of such delusions, the false love dream, in his Romeo and Juliet.

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Romeo goes from a dreamy love of “fair Rosalind” to Juliet quickly, because dreams need not be tied to a real future. Shakespeare has Romeo’s friend Mercutio warn him:

ROMEO I dreamt a dream tonight.


MERCUTIO And so did I.

ROMEO Well, what was yours?

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Such dreams, Murcutio claims come (symbolically) from fairy the Queen Mab, a midwife, who brings to birth in the night desires of the sleepers. Some are pleasant, granting in sleep simple desires, but still insubstantial and unconstant. In the end, Mab’s dreams, if brought into the day, make a mess. Of such dreams, Mercutio warns:

The living dream of passion overrides all reason. Dreamy love pushes us to make “the thin” of substance substantial, but this cannot be done. The living dream of the balcony scene between Romeo and Juliet has this lightness, thinness to it. This is not the love of Joseph and Mary or the enduring passion of a mature couple:

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The culminating dream of the play comes when Romeo is in exile and all is about to go smash. He is not worried,...
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