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Discuss the theme of love in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet."

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"Discuss the theme of love in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet." When you think of love stories the first story that comes into your head is Romeo and Juliet. One of William Shakespeare's most outstanding productions, Romeo and Juliet is a tragic story set in the 16th century in the fair town of Verona. The story is about two young teenagers who are madly in love but their families prevent them from being together. Such is the quality of this story is that it has been adapted for the modern day. * "Romeo and Juliet"- the blockbuster movie with Leonardo Di Caprio as Romeo and Clare Danes as Juliet. * "Romeo must Die"- the blockbuster movie with Jet Li and Aaliyah. * "West Side Story"- the west end theatre adaptation of gang warfare. The story begins with a typical Shakespeare style battle scene. Shakespeare introduces the play with a chorus. The chorus is employed to give the audience an insight into what is happening in the play. In the chorus, the first couple of lines are used to set the mood of the play, "two households both alike in dignity, in fair Verona". Shakespeare uses this to great effect as this makes the audience want to know more about the play. From the opening chorus an Elizabethan audience imagined that Shakespeare has made another play about conflict and war but they are mistaken. ...read more.

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Lord Capulet cannot believe that she is dead, "hah, let me see her, out alas, she's cold". Throughout Romeo and Juliet the theme of friendship is a vital factor in the events of the play. Romeo's dear friend Benvolio knows of Romeo's love sickness. So Benvolio suggests that they go to the Capulet ball to take things of Romeo's mind. This is a great example of friendship in the play. Another instance that shows friendship is when Friar Lawrence agrees to help Romeo, "but come young waverer, come go with me. In one respect I'll thy assistant be." Friar Lawrence is a good friend to Romeo and Juliet. He wants to end the bitter rivalry between the two families. Another instance of friendship in the play is when Mercutio fights for Romeo's honour and dies. This scene is a pivotal part in the play as the fight between Romeo and Tybalt leads to Romeo's banishment from Verona. Romeo believed that he had found the love of his life in Rosaline but he was wrong. When Romeo meets Juliet he realises what true love is and how it feels to be loved. At this point Romeo becomes a man and his thoughts and his language has changed dramatically. Romeo seems to be confused when he is speaking about rosaline, "tut, I have lost myself I am not here." ...read more.

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This love changes people's characteristics and their behaviour, Romeo becomes mature and much more passionate towards love and Juliet becomes independent and more thoughtful. There is evidence of Parental love in the tale, between Lord Montague/Lady Montague and Romeo. The Capulet's disregard their daughter and it is the nurse who acts as the only motherly figure to Juliet. However at the end of the story when Juliet has died, the Montague's become conscious of their concealed love for their daughter. An additional love revealed in the play is Unrequited Love. Unlike Passionate love this love is not real and it is really just an obsession with love. Romeo thinks that he is in love with Rosaline but it is only in his head. This is his teenage attitude to love and his lust for love. Paris is in love with Juliet's beauty and not for who she is. Friendship is a further type of love furthermore it is stronger than Passionate love. The influence that friendship has on the play is strong and powerful. The story of Romeo and Juliet has been remembered for centuries and it will be remembered for centuries to come. Through the teenagers deaths both families have realised the consequence that has been caused because of their long-standing conflict. Through death Romeo and Juliet have shown how truelove can conquer over anything. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nabeel Nawaz G.C.S.E. English Coursework 10A4 "Romeo and Juliet" 08/05/2007 Mr. Wright - 1 - ...read more.

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