• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

‘Romeo and Juliet is a play about love, but this word means different things to different characters in the play, and for some, like Romeo, its meaning changes as the play progresses. Discuss the theme of love in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and exam

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

'Romeo and Juliet is a play about love, but this word means different things to different characters in the play, and for some, like Romeo, its meaning changes as the play progresses. Discuss the theme of love in 'Romeo and Juliet' and examine the different attitudes towards love that the characters have. 'Romeo and Juliet' is a play about fate, hate, passion and most of all love. From the beginning love has a strong hold on the audience, particularly their emotion. The theme of love is used and shown in many different ways throughout the play, for example love goes from being shown as a lustful, melancholy emotion, such as Romeos love for Rosaline, to a happy joyful emotion, such as Romeos love for Juliet. Each and every character has a different approach and view to love from everyone else. As well as many different views towards love being shown throughout the play there are also many different types of love shown, such as, unrequited, passionate and motherly love. Love also brings many dramatic aspects to the play; most notable is the dramatic tension it brings. The dramatic tension is created by the strong contrast between love and hate, which is consistent throughout the play. ...read more.

Middle

Now art thou what thou art, by art as well as nature, for this drivelling love is like a great natural that runs lolling up and down to hide his bauble in a hole'. This is a great contrast to how Romeo acted when he thought he was in love with Rosaline and so by being merry and happy he shows us that he is truly feeling love. This is ironic, as Mercutio doesn't realise that Romeo wasn't in love before but is now. Romeos attitude towards love is always dreamy, whether it is genuine or not. He gets carried away with emotion and 'babbles' on about his actions and feelings. A prime example of this is when he climbs over the Capulet wall to get to Juliet. She is quick to warn of the dangers he will face if he gets caught and she asks how he got over the wall, he teases her with his imagination by saying, 'With love's light wings did I o'erperch these walls, For stony limits cannot hold love out, And what love can do, that dares no attempt. Therefore thy kinsmen are no to stop me.' Romeos dreamy attitude also expresses his brave, romantic loving for Juliet, telling her that none of her men would be able to stop him. ...read more.

Conclusion

The Nurse looks at appearances, making it seem as though along with money it makes a marriage. Before the wedding the nurse talks of Romeos body as 'better than any man's' informing Juliet that his legs 'excel all men's'. There is evidence however that the Nurse has indeed experienced true love. She often speaks highly of her former husband who died some years ago. Benvolio has the most similar views to the Nurse than anyone else. He focuses on looks more than anything else, which is shown when he tells Romeo to 'Examine other beauties', in order to get over Rosaline. However he has a caring, friendly love for Rosaline, for although he tells Romeo to 'take thou new infection to thy eye', he only wants Romeo to do this so that he is happy. Perhaps the problem is that he has never experienced love like Romeo has for both Rosaline and Juliet, which is why he can't help or understand Romeo. Mercutio is often very bawdy and makes it clear that he hasn't experienced love by jeering at Romeo, 'Romeo! Humours! Madman! Passion! Lover!' he cries, 'Cry but 'Ay me,' pronounce but 'love' and 'dove';'. Like Benvolio, Mercuito doesn't understand why Romeo feels the way he feels. Mercutio, like the Nurse focuses on sex, which he strongly express when he shouts, 'If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark'. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. ''Compare and contrast Romeo's love for Rosaline, to Romeo's love for Juliet.''

    she is. As for Juliet, he totally for gets about his own sufferings, and every word he says is describing and complimenting her and calling her "a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear-" And does not utter a word of suffering besides when he finds out that she is a Capulet.

  2. Discuss the different types of love shown in romeo and juliet.

    it comes to Romeo, she is not afraid to do things for herself. She is very determined to get what she wants and does do some very brave things in order to be with Romeo- which is the most important thing to her.

  1. In what ways do the various types of love represented in Romeo and Juliet ...

    The way Mercutio talks about sexual love is similar to the way Sampson and Gregory speak of it. Shakespeare probably showed this side of sexual love to highlight how deeply passionate yet innocent Romeo and Juliet's sexual feelings were. The two different types of sexual love represented are a good comparison of each other.

  2. How does Shakespeare explore the theme of Love in his play Romeo and Juliet?

    She matures in a way. Instead of siding with her parents this time, she sides with Romeo, who is her new husband. This is surprising as even after Tybalt's death her mind does not change; although she does say that he was "the best friend I ever had".

  1. Romeo and Juliet - What different types of love are represented in the play, ...

    This is exactly how Romeo describes how he is feeling to Benvolio in Act 1 Scene 1 Lines 193-195. Another example of similarity between "The Knight's Tale" and "Romeo and Juliet" is when Palamon describes love as deadly. It reads, "I have been hurt this moment through the eye, /Into my heart.

  2. In 'Romeo And Juliet' there is anger, love and violence. Discuss these elements in ...

    / I'll mot endure him." Tybalt is so irritated towards Romeo and is also now eager to confront Romeo and this shows there could be future confrontation between the two and also the audience will except this and be eagerly waiting for their next encounter.

  1. Views of love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

    When Romeo descends from her balcony, Juliet is haunted by an evil fore-shadowing. She sees him as "one dead in the bottom of a tomb" (III, v, 56) and bids fortune to bring him back to her quickly. After this parting Juliet is forced to get more and more mature.

  2. Compare how Romeo's feeling of love for Rosaline differs to his love for Juliet. ...

    ?Why, then, O brawling love! O loving hate!?- 1, 1, 176 Shakespeare has used oxymorons to convey Romeos emotions.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work