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Discuss different aspects of love in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'.

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Discuss different aspects of love in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', contains different aspects of love between Romeo and Juliet, such as bawdy love, infatuation and love at first sight. Shakespeare starts the play with sexual innuendos, word plays, puns, references to male and female genitalia, aggression and sexual activities. The men are making jokes and fantasies about young love. They pull each other's leg and boast about their sexual fantasies. Shakespeare uses crude language and characters into his play to get the audience gripped to the play, to get them interested and wanting them to know what is going to happen next. Shakespeare uses infatuation as a form of young love in 'Romeo and Juliet'. ...read more.

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It appears studied and bookish. It demonstrates that he has not felt true love. Infatuation is a key emotion that Shakespeare portrays in Romeo. Romeo's infatuation with Rosaline is artificial and holds no true love. Romeo tries to describe his love for Rosaline as unwanted by the one he loves, "This love feel I, that feel love no love in this," To Romeo, Rosaline is a goddess that he praises with flamboyant language that he does not know how to use or feel. Romeo's love at first sight with Juliet is filled with light imagery. Now he has met Juliet, his language is quite the same as earlier on, as he has contrast with dark imagery, like earlier on in the play. ...read more.

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Juliet's arranged marriage with Paris is a complete surprise to her, but the worst thing about it is that they spring it up on her just before she meets Romeo. She is completely confused; she doesn't know what to do with herself. When she next sees Romeo, she straightaway realises she is in love with him, not Paris. She doesn't want to offend her mother by telling her she loves Romeo, the Montague. Shakespeare's presentation of 'love� in the play 'Romeo and Juliet� varies. Some characters think only of sex, others demonstrate a form of love with their children, but the one true, pure love is that of Romeo and Juliet. Each character in the play provides a frame to their love, their attitudes contrasting with young lovers. Romeo and Juliet share a special bond together that will never be lost. They make the greatest sacrifice for each other and this proves their love. Jon Biss ...read more.

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