• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Compare and contrast the Different Aspects of love that are present in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet".

Extracts from this document...


Compare and contrast the Different Aspects of love that are present in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". It's a clich´┐Ż to say that Romeo and Juliet is the greatest love story ever told. People say this because it is the most famous love story told and the play has various aspects of love and not only one. Even the phrase 'the greatest love story ever told'.The prologue is full of violent and negative language for example ancient grudge, civil blood, fatal lions, death- marked, rage. But also has words to do with love example star crossed lovers. You can already tell that this is going to be a love story with trouble, worry and violence in it. The first reference to an aspect of love in this so-called "greatest love story ever told" after the Prologue is to rape and therefore lust not love. The first two characters that the audience is introduced to are Sampson and Gregory. They are vulgar and crude, making many sexual references and innuendoes. They do not see love as involving emotions or desires, but as a purely physical thing, sexual not emotional. Sampson refers to women as "weaker vessels" and tells of how he will rape the maids of the Montague household; "Women being the weaker vessels are ever thrust to the wall", "I will push Montague's men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall". ...read more.


Bawdy love is basically lust. A "bawd" is the Elizabethan word for whore. All sorts of people would come to Shakespeare's plays, and he had to keep them all happy. Bawdiness was for the lower classes. Sampson, Gregory and the Nurse all use bawdy humour, but Mercutio is the most obvious example " This is the hag, when maids lie on their backs, That presses them and learns them first to bear, Making them women of good carriage. This is she-." He is constantly punning. This shows how he generally behaves, he is a bit of 'A Playboy' and he has a lenient approach to love and in his world it probably doesn't exist. Mercutio doesn't provide much help to the love of Romeo and Juliet because he doesn't know about it. In today's society family and marital love is considered the strongest form of love, but in this play this is a very complex issue. The friar and nurse effectively act as substitute parents by comforting and advising the lovers. The Montagues and Capulets are prepared to fight, even kill each other, for the sake of family pride. There isn't a lot of family love there is just family pride. Although the Montagues and Capulets hate each other, there is a sense of honour and respect between them. ...read more.


Their deaths don't end the play, another form of love 'Civic love', social peace and harmony are restored when the feud is resolved. CAPULET "O brother Montague, give me thy hand. This is my daughter's jointure, for no more Can I demand." Love does not get destroyed - it survives in another form. A statue is made in honour. MONTAGUE "But I can give thee more, For I will raise her statue in pure gold, That whiles Verona by that name is known, There shall no figure at such rate be set As that of true and faithful Juliet." CAPULET "As rich shall Romeo's by his lady's lie, Poor sacrifices of our enmity!" Peace and hormony is formed as the two feuding family's take hand and resolve there long feud from the deaths of there son and daughter. PRINCE "A glooming peace this morning with it brings, The sun for sorrow will not show his head. Go Hence to have more talk of these sad things; Some shall be pardoned, and some punished: For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo." And for a Love story to have so many aspects of love, Romeo and Juliet is "The greatest love story to be ever told". By Chris Yeap 11J ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Romeo & Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Romeo & Juliet essays

  1. Marked by a teacher


    4 star(s)

    Although she wants him, Juliet is slightly aware of the risks involved in her romance with Romeo; infact she seems much more conscious of the danger than he does. Her ability to recognize the hazards in the middle of her passion, demonstrates that she is not just a rash teenager

  2. Marked by a teacher

    How Shakespeare presents Romeo & Juliet's early relationship.

    3 star(s)

    Many People may ask, what is the point in having Rosalind in the play, if no one ever sees her? Well, there is one very good, and simple, answer for this. That reason is to show how easily Romeo falls in and out of love.

  1. How does Shakespeare present the character of Mercutio and what role does he play ...

    The groundling peasants for example would like the insults and sexual innuendos that Mercutio used because they were of a lower level of intellect and understanding. For example in Act 2 scene 4 Mercutio sings about the nurse, 'An old hare hoar, And an old hare hoar, is very good

  2. How did Shakespeare create tension in act 1 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet

    He is one of the richest men in Verona. There are servants, musician, dancing, food people dress for a ball and people im mask this would look very dramatic on an Elizabethan theatre and the crowed at the bottom of the stage felt like they where in the play How did Shakespeare create tension in act 1 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet ?

  1. Explore the ways in which Shakespeare presents the characters of Lord Capulet and Juliet ...

    Juliet's determination and willpower to be reunited with her husband is shown best in Act 4, Scene 3, when Juliet says her soliloquy when deciding whether or not she should drink from the vial. To show Juliet's confusion, Shakespeare uses lots of powerful imagery to show what Juliet is thinking

  2. Compare the way Shakespeare presents the love between Romeo and Rosaline with that of ...

    "Like a rich jewel in an Ethiopes ear," Romeo describes Juliet to be a very precious jewel on a poor person's ear. To a poor person in poverty a rich jewel would be very valuable to them, not because it is dear but because it would be the only thing in their life with a great sentimental value.

  1. how Shakespeare presents conflicting attitudes to love in the play Romeo and Juliet

    Courtly love is also a factoring the relationship of Paris and Juliet. In Act one, Scene two, Paris is talking to Capulet and asks his permission to take his daughter's hand in marriage. Paris, however, doesn't know Juliet; they haven't met, and his love for her may be based on her appearance.

  2. The different attitudes to love

    However, it is very ironic that this is the couple that has to die in the play. One such example of an arranged marriage in the play is the one between Lord and Lady Montague, not only was this an arranged marriage but Lord Montague was a lot older than Lady Montague.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work