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Discuss the various forms of love that are present in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'.

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Samantha Wharfe 'Romeo and Juliet' Discuss the various forms of love that are present in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'. Shakespeare has written many plays, especially a lot of tragedies. The most famous of all Shakespeare's plays is Romeo and Juliet, enjoyed by different generations down the years. The majority of the play takes place in the attractive small city of Verona, in the north of Italy. The play has been adapted in books, ballet and films. Romeo and Juliet is a play about a young man and a young woman whose families, Montague's and Capulet's despise each other, but their children, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love without the knowledge of either sets of parents. The play explores many different views on love and each character has a different view on life. The types of love displayed in the play that I intend to discuss include, courtly love, bawdy love, true love and infatuation. At the beginning of the play we are introduced to two characters, Sampson and Gregory, both employed as servants of the Capulet household. They display a vulgarity and crudeness, and see women as objects of desire, believing them to be weak. ...read more.

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When and where and how We met, we woo'd, and made exchange of vow, I'll tell thee as we pass, but this I pray, That thou consent to marry us today." During the scenes involving Benvolio and Romeo friendly love is evident in the concern shown by Benvolio for Romeo's infatuation with Rosaline. It is apparent that Benvolio is a serious and sensitive young man, who understands Romeo and helps him through the difficult period of his so-called love for Rosaline, "By giving liberty into thine eyes, Examine other beauties." He displays genuine friendship by advising Romeo to look at other women and not just focus all his attention on Rosaline. During the play we see Juliet change from a very obedient young woman to one who starts to act differently after meeting and falling deeply in love with Romeo. Juliet is initially seen as a very respectful young woman, as is the case when the nurse calls Juliet to tell her, her mother is asking after her, Juliet responds, "Madam, I am here, what is your will." Her manner is courteous in the extreme. For instance when her mother, Lady Capulet, asks Juliet, "Marry, that 'marry' is the very theme I came to talk of. Tell me daughter Juliet, How stands your dispositions to be married?" ...read more.

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Famine is in thy cheeks." Events go from bad to worse towards the end of the play as Romeo visits his beloved Juliet in the vault believing her to be dead, when unknown to him she is due to wake up soon. Romeo, a man besotted with love drinks the poison to be with his beloved Juliet, "Here's to my love! O true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die." This illustrates the depth of love Romeo felt for Juliet. He wanted to live life and be with her, or die and for them to be together. Juliet wakes up after Romeo has killed himself and realising what has happened is also unable to continue to live without her true love Romeo and takes a dagger, stabs herself, and falls dead, "O happy dagger, This is thy sheath; There rust and let me die." This final tragic scene illustrates the depth of love between the two main characters. The play concentrates on the heartbreaking love story between Romeo and Juliet and highlights various forms of love mainly involving these two main characters. We gain an insight into the complex sides of human nature and the way in which people show love in different ways. The full extent of true love is revealed in the final scene where both Romeo and Juliet are unable to live without each other. ...read more.

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