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How does Shakespeare show different attitudes to love in Romeo and Juliet

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How does Shakespeare show different attitudes towards love in Romeo and Juliet ? If you were to ask people what the greatest "Love Story" of all time was, you can bet that, most of them would say Romeo and Juliet. However, it is not actually a love story, more a play with excessive, contrasting passions, including the most obvious. Love. This is where people get the idea that it is a love story. In this essay I will be exploring the way in which, along with the reasons why, Shakespeare showed different attitudes towards love in the play. In this tragedy, many characters are in love, claim to be in love or have been in love at some stage. I am going to start my essay by looking at the way Romeo feels for Rosaline. ...read more.


He is besotted with her, and the fact that she does not feel the same about him only makes him long for her even more. "Romeo: Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health!" With Romeo combing two seemingly contradictory ideas to describe what his love feels like, it is becoming even more apparent that Romeo is confused and unsure of his feelings for Rosaline. The next attitude to love is where the Capulet's demonstrate their love for their daughter, Juliet. "Capulet: My child is yet a stranger to the world; She hath not seen the change of fourteen years, Let two more summers with in their pride, Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride." The discussion between Capulet and Paris, about Juliet shows that he is more than just the "Doting Dad". ...read more.


[ . . . ] Juliet: Madam, I am here. What is your will?" The way Lady Capulet asks Nurse to call her daughter shows that she is not interested in being a mother. The formal way Juliet responds to her mothers' commands, by calling her "Madam" indicates that they do not spend much, if any, time together, and their mother/daughter relationship is non existent. Nurse, on the other hand, is very caring and motherly towards Juliet, and it appears to the audience she actually cares more than Lady Capulet. "Thou wast the prettiest babe that I e'er nursed" This further reveals my previous point, that Nurse cares more for Juliet than her own mother does. The fact that, although Nurse once had a daughter, she said Juliet was "prettiest babe I e'er nursed" meaning she loved her more than any other baby she ever cared for. Another attitude to love shown by Nurse is that of the love between a man and a woman. She often made sexual remarks ...read more.

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