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Different types of love in Romeo and Juliet

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Different types of love expressed in Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet; based on the poem by Arthur Brocher, explores a number of different types of love. The play is a tale of 'two star-crossed lovers' and how they meet and how their love develops. Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, written in 1595. The story itself was not anything new or different, but the way Shakespeare wrote the story made it popular. The language that he used to communicate their love for each other was written so poetically. For example, in Act 2, Scene 2, Romeo says, "But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun." Even when Romeo is about to kill himself (Act 5, Scene 3), Shakespeare makes the scene beautiful. This play concentrates on raw human emotions ranging from hate to true love. The two true lovers Romeo and Juliet are from two households; both alike and both 'at war with each other': "Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean." Juliet is an innocent thirteen year old girl, the only daughter of the Capulet household. Romeo is the only child of the Montague household. ...read more.

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This sequence including the kiss between them; Romeo and Juliet are demonstrating there sexual lust and infatuation for each other in a suggestive and playful way, at the time of original performance (around 1600) this playfulness and suggestiveness would have been interpreted with more effect by a Shakespearian audience; although the language Shakespeare uses is marginally stylized and rather hyperbolic At the beginning of Romeo and Juliet the love which Romeo bestows upon Rosaline is a perfect example of courtly love. (Courtly love: An idealized and often illicit form of love celebrated in the literature of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in which a knight or courtier devotes himself to a noblewoman who is usually married and feigns indifference to preserve her reputation). The love Romeo shows towards Rosaline is similar to; if not a perfect example; Romeo appears to be more in love with the idea of being in love than love itself. A quotation expressing Romeo's courtly love is "Bid a sick man in sadness make his will - a word ill urg'd to one that is so ill: in sadness, cousin, I do love a woman". (Act 1; Scene 1; Romeo; Line 196) In this quotation Romeo is expressing the state of mental illness in which he resides as a result of his obsessive and courtly love for Rosaline. ...read more.

Conclusion

In conclusion I can say that of course Romeo and Juliet is a story which revolves around emotions; ranging from extreme violent hate (between the Montague's and the Capulet's) to true love found between Romeo and Juliet; both members of a different household. This suggests and obvious moral; true love will perceiver even through the most difficult and troublesome times; Romeo and Juliet's struggle through the play to obtain and maintain their true love is an obvious example of this. Their love has had its beginning in the play and has struggled through its difficulties; the main difficulty is the feud between the Montague's and the Capulet's; this has obviously made their love more difficult but it has persevered through and survived until their death. I think their marriage is an important symbol of this, their love is never ending after this point; after they both die together they are still together and in love in their afterlife. In my opinion Romeo and Juliet is an emotional guide, the emotions shown between two characters and their 'genre' of love is obvious; the audience are required to simply interpret the morals and their meanings. The love throughout Romeo and Juliet can be seen as evolving; in analyzing the relationship which opens the play, namely, Romeo and Rosaline, with the one which quickly replaces it, Romeo and Juliet, we see a progression in the characters from innocence to maturity, from love-sickness to the authentic experience of love. ?? ?? ?? ?? William Biggs Monday, 07 May 2007 ...read more.

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