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Show how Shakespeare exposes different aspects of love in Romeo and Juliet

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Show how Shakespeare exposes different aspects of love in Romeo and Juliet Throughout the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare displays various types of love. Benvolio believes women are interchangeable, while, at the beginning Romeo believes love is pain because of his relationship with Rosaline. At the beginning Juliet does not even have a definition of love and both Paris's and Lady Capulet's definition of love is in appearance and rank. They also believe along with master Capulet that marriages are only arranged for rank and wealth, which is criticised by friar Lawrence, he states: "For 'twas your heaven she should be advanced And weep ye now, seeing she is advanced Above the clouds, as high as heaven itself? O, in this love, you love your child so ill. Lady Capulet believes love comes from appearance, both physical and political, and has nothing to do with emotion. She shows this when she speaks favourably of Paris's looks and his nobility. ...read more.

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Clearly bewitched by what he has seen Romeo refers to her beauty as, "too rich for use, for earth to dear." In other words, her beauty and by implication his love is too refined for this earth and will not be long upon it which of course proves to be true too quickly. Also it could be said that Romeo is happier talking about love, he is very much for words as we see in act II.6 line 24: Ah Juliet, if the measure of thy joy Be heaped like mine, and that they skill be more To blazon it, then sweeten with thy breath This neighbour air, and let rich music's tongue Unfold the imagined happiness that both Receive in either by this dear encounter. Romeo expresses his love conventionally either in clich´┐Ż or with typical classical references: "Well, in that hit you miss. She'll not be hit With cupids arrow. She hath Dian's wit, And, in strong proof of chastity well armed" "He that is strucken blind cannot forget The precious treasure of his eyesight lost." ...read more.

Conclusion

Ironically, their love will end in "violence", they will be consumed by a kiss and their love will be confounded-by death. But this warning is at the heart of the play and gives us a guide to the true qualities of their love. It is above all, swift and spontaneous: Juliet accepts the pilgrims kiss instantly; by the end of the scene (1.5) she states, "if he be married, my grave is like to be my wedding bed," followed immediately by," My only love sprung from my only hate" And this from a girl who had just said before the dance that marriage was "an honour that I think not of." Throughout the duration of Romeo and Juliet numerous types of love Are shown none of them are wrong, as the word love can be interpreted in Many different ways however it is obvious that Shakespeare did not have this In mind when he wrote the play. Shakespeare intention when writing this play Was to shows us that the only type of love worth having is true love and that the only true love exists between Romeo and Juliet. ?? ?? ?? ?? Harry Clarke-Williams ...read more.

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