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Analyse the views of love expressed in "Romeo and Juliet"

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Analyse the views of love expressed in "Romeo and Juliet" In the play Romeo and Juliet there are many types of love shown such as romantic love, unrequited love, unconditional love, family love, self love, true love and filial love. In the time when Shakespeare was writing marriage for love was not a common thing, as most marriages were arranged by the parents to keep the family's wealth and status. The most significant form of love shown in the play is between Romeo and Juliet and that increase more and more through out the play. Family love is one of the most influential types of love shown in the play "Romeo and Juliet" There is parental love between Lord Capulet and his daughter Juliet as he cares for her and tries to cheer her up when her cousin Tybalt is killed by marring her with Paris. Although his intentions were good this was the opposite of what Juliet wanted as we the audience know that she is married to Romeo. ...read more.

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The nurse sees love as a game and fun for sex and money. The love Tybalt had for Lord Capulet and his family led to the reason he was killed. Lord Capulet and Lady Capulet are married but not in love. They are only together for each others status and power. This is the same for Lord Montague and Lady Montague. Romeo has a strong relationship with the Friar like the nurse with Juliet, Romeo see Friar Lawrence as a father figure and can talk to him about anything for example when Romeo tell the Friar about Juliet and his love for her but tells no one else. Courtly love is seen in the play between Romeo and Rosaline at the start as Romeo is in love with Rosaline but she doesn't love him back. Juliet and Paris are great examples of unrequited love as Paris loves Juliet but Juliet is in love with Romeo and does not want to marry him. ...read more.

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In the play there is self love with Romeo as he love Rosaline but he know she will never love him back but he could not really be in love with her as his love is based on looks and not who she really is. This could show that he like the feeling of being upset about love and does it because he is in love with himself. . Mercutio's view of love very different from everyone else's. He sees love as bitter, cynical and a waste of time. Mercutio is always questioning Romeo about love and his views of it. His speech about Queen Mab is very disturbing as it is about people killing other people in their dreams. To conclude the different themes of love in the play "Romeo and Juliet" I would say that there are many type of love in the play but most of then are not real as there are arranged marriages even if they don't love each other. The variety of love we see allows us to compare and contrast and consider which types of love are superficial or selfless ?? ?? ?? ?? Timothy Voss 11JL ...read more.

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