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Compare and contrast the different aspects of love in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Compare and contrast the different aspects of love in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare uses many different types of love in Romeo and Juliet. The first aspect I will concentrate on is also the most obvious and is that of Romeo and Juliet themselves, who share a pure, romantic and passionate love. We are however told at the very beginning the fate of these two lovers. " A pair of star crossed lovers take their life", star crossed meaning that their love and lives were fated before they even met. "The fearful passage of their death marked love". It is made very clear to the audience that the play has a tragic ending. Shakespeare does this so that because we know what is going to happen, we hope that it won't, which makes it even more tragic in the end. The whole play is based on the fact that timing was not on Romeo and Juliet's side. If Romeo had heard that Juliet was only sleeping then he would not have killed himself. ...read more.

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When Romeo murders Tybalt, Capulet tries to speed up the marriage because he hates to see his daughter so sad; he thinks he is doing the best thing for her happiness. Juliet's mother however, Lady Capulet, is less caring. She was married when she was a younger age than Juliet, "I was your mother much upon these years". She feels that Juliet should have to go through the same as her as she did not marry for love. This is shown as Capulet does not show any affection or respect towards his wife, " What noise is this? Give me my long sword, ho!" This has a double meaning, calling her disrespectful names, which was one of the things Shakespeare used a lot in his plays. The opening with Sampson and Gregory shows a whole act of crude references to sex and women as objects, "I will push Montague's men from the wall and thrust his maids to the wall", "Women being the weaker vessels". ...read more.

Conclusion

Montague announces to Capulet, "I will raise her statue in pure gold". This is of course a very generous and expensive gesture, to which Capulet replies, "As rich shall Romeo by his lady lie", returning the gesture. This is the turning point of the story; civil love has been restored in Verona as the two families agree to build a statue of each other's child in gold to remind them of how their love was so true and faithful. To conclude, I think that Romeo and Juliet's love overcame all obstacles even though it did not end as a perfect fairytale would. They have ended a war of hatred between the whole city. At the end where Paris visits the tomb of Juliet, this action in itself shows that he had an amount of affection for her, more so than we knew before, "Nightly shall be to stew thy grave and weep". He is showing a genuine mourning for his would be bride. This makes the story sadder because we know that Juliet could have been happy with Paris if she had not met Romeo, yet she died feeling real love, as supposed to what she thought love was before. ...read more.

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