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Explore the nature of love and friendship In Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'.

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Explore the nature of love and friendship In Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' From the outset, Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' seems like a simple love story where boy meets girl, they both fall in love and without parental consent live happily ever after (or not in this case). It is not until we explore the different aspects of love and friendship when we realise that the play that has been performed before three centuries worth of audience's, has a much thicker plot which is going to be the basis of this essay. 'Romeo and Juliet' is one of the best known works of William Shakespeare and has inspired many adaptations, one being 'The West Side Story' a musical by Bernstein . I plan to look at the different groups of friends and lovers and analyse their friendship and love for each other. We must first look at the concepts of love and friendship and compare the elements put together to make up these meaningful words. If were to study our own relationships with our good friends we would surely come up with the following qualities; reliability, loyalty, independence, trust, humour, self- esteem and much more. When we explore love we could come out with these qualities; attraction, sex, strength, loyalty, control, security, commitment and faithfulness. However in a loving relationship you would always find friendship and in a tight friendship you would also find love, so are we indeed caught up in a cycle? ...read more.

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'I'll go along, no such sight to be shown, but to rejoice in splendour of mine own. After the ball we do not hear of Rosaline again. We hear not of Rosaline because as Benvolio promised, Romeo met a young lady that he loves more than her. This girl comes in the form of Juliet, only daughter and heir to Lord Capulet. Romeo sees Juliet for the first time in the Capulets hall. He says to a servant 'What lady's that which doth enrich the hand on yonder knight' (we understand the 'yonder knight' to be Paris whom is arranged by her father to be her husband.) He immediately shows an interest in Juliet and there is a brief moment of monologue where he convinces himself of Juliet's beauty. 'she doth teach the torches to burn bright!', 'As a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear', 'So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows'. These are all quotes from one monologue where it appears that Romeo has fallen into a trance and is overwhelmed by Juliet's beauty. After all the longing for Rosaline and all the heart ache, he says 'Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight, For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.' Here he is saying that he has never witnessed true beauty before that night and that he swears his heart has never loved like this before. ...read more.

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She also says that it is a very ill-omened start to their love as she has fallen in love with a hated enemy. Romeo walks away from the house but cannot bring himself to leave his while his heart is still with Juliet. He hides in the garden where he hears the line that makes the play famous 'O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name: or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love and I'll no longer be a Capulet.' Up until now the text on Romeo and Juliet has been revolving around their personal feelings towards one another; most of which has been based on appearance. Now lets explore into the relationship and see how the actual prospect of love between them starts and develops throughout the play. From the first moment when Romeo saw Juliet he was magnatised by her astounding beauty. This added more structure to the play in the form of personal and affectionate monologue where each character can reveal their true feelings. We can confidently say that the many quotes in the essay so far from the viewpoint of Romeo and Juliet all add up to construct their 'love at first sight' feelings. These feelings develop throughout the masquerade (particularly when the initial flirtation and kissing takes place) and before long we have witnessed a huge metamorphosis. This is the change from 'love at first sight' (with the enemy and stranger) to a potential and eventual 'husband and wife' relationship. ...read more.

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