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Bearing in mind that 'Romeo and Juliet' is one of the most famous love stories ever written, examine Shakespeare's presentation of 'love' referring closely to the language used by different characters.

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Introduction

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Paris is the man whom Capulet wants Juliet to marry. Paris explains his feelings for Juliet to Capulet. It seems that Paris does love Juliet because when Romeo kills him he asks to be put in her tomb, "If thou be merciful, Open the tomb, lay me with Juliet." He has genuine emotions for Juliet and is devastated when she 'dies�, "Beguiled, divorc�d, wrong�d, spited, slain! Most detestable Death, by thee beguiled, By cruel, cruel thee quite overthrown! O love! O life! not life, but love in death!" Paris is a good man who would be kind to Juliet but she does not love him. Juliet�s father however does seem to think that she would be happy with Paris. Capulet cares a lot for his daughter because all his other children have died and therefore she is very special to him; "Earth hath swallowed all my hopes but she; She�s the hopeful lady of my earth." Capulet wants the best for his daughter when Paris first explains his proposal, "But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart, And she agreed, within her scope of choice Lies my consent and fair according voice" Capulet then starts to push Juliet into the marriage instead of letting her choose. He says that he will only let his daughter marry Paris if she consents, but then turns against this later in the play.Maybe he thinks that marriage to Paris will be in her best interests and he therefore pressurises her into it. ...read more.

Conclusion

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