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

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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.

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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.

Conclusion

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.

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