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“Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love”. Explore the different types of love presented in Romeo and Juliet in Act 1 of the play.

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Kate Treanor L5AC "Here's much to do with hate, but more with love". Explore the different types of love presented in Romeo and Juliet in Act 1 of the play. Love is a major theme in the play 'Romeo and Juliet'. However romantic love between Romeo and Juliet is not the only type of love present in Act 1. The different characters and their relationships represent different forms of love, and what they do and say illustrates these kinds of love throughout Act 1. When the character, Romeo, is first introduced in the play, he is portrayed as having a lovesick attitude due to his unrequited love for Rosaline. He takes on the role of a Petrarchan lover, and is left a half-existing, zombie-like figure. By using oxymoron's in his speech, Romeo reinforces the confusion of his feelings of love for Rosaline by saying "O loving hate" and "cold fire". As he is using such an elaborate way of speaking, his feelings seem 'artificial', and Romeo is portrayed as not being in love, just being in love with the idea of being in love. His language reinforces to the audience that his feelings are not of true love, perhaps just infatuation. ...read more.

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Even though Lady Capulet would have known no other way of life other than to become a mother when still a child, she still shares a strong bond with Juliet. Lady Capulet's love for Juliet is illustrated through her wish for Juliet to marry well, and in how she asks Juliet of her feelings towards the subject of marriage "can you like of Paris' love?" She wants the best for her daughter, and wants her to be happy. Tybalt, the nephew of Capulet, has been brought up through the Montague/ Capulet brawl, and so feels passionately for his family honour. At the Capulet party, however, he feels it is for the right of his family honour that he must "pick a fight" with Romeo, a Montague, whom he sees as a threat. He shows his love of family honour when voicing his views to Capulet, saying "Now, by the stock and honour of my kin, To strike him dead, I hold it not a sin." Tybalt is portrayed to the audience as a passionate character who has a love of family honour; however, his actions for upholding this honour differ from others with the same love, such as Capulet "I would not for the wealth of all the town Here in my house do him disparagement". ...read more.

Conclusion

"If love be rough with you, be rough with love". These two friendships show how friendship love can be conveyed in many ways, but is still love nevertheless. In the opening scene of the play the audience is met by Sampson and Gregory, servants to the Capulets and Abraham and Balthasar, servants to the Montague family starting a street fight. All of the servants display a real hate for the other family through what they say. Sampson and Gregory discuss their hatred of the Montague family. When Sampson (Capulet) says he serves a man better than Abraham (Montague), a fight follows. Here, the servants display a love of family honour, because they fight out of respect for their master's name, and therefore on behalf of their family. In conclusion, there are many types of love shown in Act one of the play, and Shakespeare has used language, sentence structure, context and imagery to convey these different loves. The characters' relationships cause the audience to compare the different loves they see performed, and draw their own conclusions from what is shown. The whole play is "much to do with hate, but more with love", which in itself sets up an interesting comparison, and shows how the importance of love in the play is reinforced by its comparison with hate. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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