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  1. Introduction
  2. The death of courtly love with the aristocracy and the Christian state
  3. Paulie and Tori's realization that romantic love is half loving and half retaining that love
  4. The relationship between Tori and Paulie
  5. Adolescence as a key period of development
  6. Tori as a disgrace to romantic love
  7. Romantic love and passion
  8. Tori's feeding of Paulie's passion
  9. Conclusion
  10. Bibliography

Romeo loved Juliet, Juliet loved Romeo, and in the end, they both died to prove it. Neither the Capulets nor the Montagues could understand such love, so neither could allow such love. Romeo and Juliet died to prove it. Yet centuries later, William Shakespeare's darker tragedy is still revered as one of the greatest love stories of all time. The politics of Elizabethan England that pitted family against family are not so prominent in the modern Western world, but the love created between Romeo and Juliet, a love that existed outside the boundaries of societal acceptance, still exists. Many homosexual youths stand on the edge of a lifelong battle for the right to love. But the only love they can ever hope for is one born of loneliness, of desperation, of suffering: the love of Romeo and Juliet; the love destined for end. The love that shatters the very sanctity that love has been expected to preserve. Léa Pool's Lost and Delirious paints an accurate yet painful picture of a lesbian love torn apart by the predisposed expectations of a private high school.

[...] They are never truly happy because the moment of greatest love comes when they end, a whole divided into its original halves. Freud predicted the fall of such necessary romantic love, that homosexuals, when ?faced with the conflict between the pressure of cultural influences and the resistance of their constitution, [would] take flight into neurotic illness? (Freud, ?'Civilized'? 171). It is sickeningly understandable how discovery would make Tori a slave of society and Paulie a slave of herself; no one really wants to be alone, no one really wants to be gay. [...]


[...] It would have faded away into the ?searing reflection? of knowing that ?they would never know that joy again,? that the love they had shared was gone but never forgotten (Stendhal 51-52). Paulie seeks proof of Tori's love before she ever considers proving hers in return. She subconsciously sinks into a never- ending world of crystallization, the ?mental process which draws from everything that happens new proofs of (Stendhal 45). Each day is broken down into actions, into words, any of which suddenly bear new meaning in Paulie's mind. [...]


[...] From that point on, Paulie's love is transformed into passion, her unwillingness to accept the end is transformed into an unwillingness to accept anything other than a future. She decides then to offer a better proof. She decides to sacrifice who she is. She decides to be a man for Tori, as best she can, because Tori ?wants a guy, not a girl with hacked hair? (Lost). Her challenge to Jake is only the beginning; she goes as far as to dress in a suit and ask Tori to dance in front of her father. [...]

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