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Discuss how the theme of love is presented in Romeo & Juliet.

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Discuss how the theme of love is presented in Romeo & Juliet. "Romeo and Juliet" is one of the most famous love stories ever. Love is the important theme in this tale. There are many different types of love inside the play and these all play a huge part in this tale. Sexual Love, takes many forms, in this play it takes the form of lust. We see this in Gregory and Sampson's initial feuding. Here we see love represented in crude, sexual innuendoes that portray it as a physical thing, with no emotion. This is shown in the scene between the two "Women being the weaker vessels are ever thrust to a wall." What they are implying subtle and show to us the sheer superiority that these people showed towards women... "I will push Montague's men from the wall and thrust his maids to the wall." That is Sampson showing both his hatred and lack of respect for the Montague's by implying that he will rape all of their women. There are also many crude references made in a humorous way, most of these supplied by the nurse who sees no need for subtleties on the issue "And yet, I warrant, it had upon it brow a bump as big as a young cockerel's stone." These references are often recurring during the course of the play and they represent a type of "bawdy" humour, bawdy being the Elizabethan word for a "whore." ...read more.

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A Thursday, tell her, She shall be married to this noble earl." And then at Juliet's later refusals (she doesn't wish to commit bigamy) he therefore decides that if he is to be a good father then he has to bully her "Hang thee, young baggage, disobedient wretch! I tell thee what -get thee to church a Thursday, or never after look me in the face." The loving relationship between Juliet and her Mother, Lady Capulet seems more distant, with most maternal parenting being done by Juliet's nurse. Lady Capulet acknowledges this relationship "We must talk in secret. -Nurse, come back again, I have remembered me, thou's hear our counsel. Thou knowest my daughter's of a pretty age." Effectively saying, "You know my daughter better than I." There is also the marriage between the Parents, but here they consider the sacrament of matrimony as a mere technicality, marriage being about acquisition of greater wealth and status, not love. Obviously, these their marriage was arranged and the relationship is hardly steady, with Capulet showing clearly that he lacks respect for his wife "What noise is this? Give me my long sword, ho," speaking to her in a derogatory way, not the way that one would expect another to speak to his wife. And perhaps it could be said that the marriage between these two parties could be a prime case against arranged marriages (and therefore against the relationship between Paris and Juliet). Then there is the "true" love that can be found between Romeo and Juliet, our plays two leading characters. ...read more.

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It is thus after this that he drinks his poison and dies, a true act of love shown. This goes against many cynicisms in the respect that "would Romeo have died for Juliet if he had not loved her?" Then there is Juliet's reaction to Romeo's death, her plans have run amok, leaving her in a shambles. "What's here? A cup, closed in my true love's hand? Poison, I see, hath been his timeless end. O churl, drunk all and left no friendly drop to help me after? I will kiss thy lips; haply some poison doth hang on them to make me die with a restorative." Clearly her own thoughts equal that of the Romeo's in the respect that she has no care for her own life now that she has lost Romeo. In conclusion, the irony is that their love, and death, was able to do what their lives could not, to end the feuding between the Montague's and the Capulet's. It is with this thought that I shall examine "the thin line between love and hate" which is evidently shown on many occasions, such as when Romeo uses his love for Juliet to remove his hate for Tybalt "Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee doth much excuse the appertaining rage" and also the play itself is evident of this, Romeo and Juliet's love was so strong for each other, that they were able to overcome hate and also the hate that others possessed towards each other. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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