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

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Discuss the different types of love shown in the play Romeo and Juliet In the play Romeo and Juliet many different types of love are shown. Love is displayed in many ways through friendship family and the love you have for a girlfriend or boyfriend. The first and probably most well known type of love is the passionate sexual and romantic love that is shown by the characters Romeo and Juliet. This type of love is unconditional and lasts forever as Romeo and Juliet would rather die than be without each other. Ironically Romeo and Juliet's love is everlasting as they have not had enough time to find faults with each other or to start to dislike one another's qualities in any way. They are still very much in love with each other on the day they die and so there was no time for their love to fade. Throughout the whole play, there are constant reminders to the audience how very much in love Romeo and Juliet are with each other. They are reminded how very much Romeo values Juliet as he is constantly referring to her as the light in darkness, that she stands out from everyone else. He sees her as the guiding light, her beauty standing out from everything else in his life. 'Oh she doth teach the torches to burn bright!' Here Romeo is describing Juliet as light in darkness. It makes her sound more beautiful than anyone else in the play. It gives the impression that when he sees her at the party she is actually shining more brightly than the torches that light up the room. This makes the audience aware of how much she is of value in his life. Light in darkness is like a guiding path, and stands out. Romeo only has eyes for Juliet. 'But soft what light through yonder window breaks? ...read more.

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he wishes that they would love him back and give themselves to him hence the word 'medlar' used with a sexual reference. Mercutio doesn't really have any real respect for women as you can see that to him love is only really sex related. He is mocking Romeo because love is a very big thing to Romeo. Romeo isn't really about the sexual side of love and Mercutio can see this but enjoys teasing Romeo. There is a big gap left in the play when Mercutio dies; his death wasn't meant to happen. Mercutio is not even any real part of the feud as he is neither Montague or Capulet, the only reason he was fighting was to protect Romeo's honour. 'O calm, dishonourable, vile submission!' Mercutio did not agree with what Romeo was saying and so says that he will fight instead of Romeo. This shows off the strong bond of friendship that Romeo and Mercutio have between them, Mercutio wants to make sure that Romeo does not look like a wimp for not fighting, as a lot the ideas back then meant that if a fight broke out you fought to protect your honour, else you were not considered a real man. When Mercutio dies the energy suddenly leaves the play, from his death onwards things start going wrong. Even as Mercutio is dying he is still making puns; ' Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man.' Mercutio is saying here that if you look for him tomorrow he will be serious (grave) because he will be dead and buried in a (grave) in the ground. This is a typical way of Mercutio using puns to make a point, he will be dead tomorrow; but he still tries to make it as funny as possible. This is an example of how much life Mercutio brought to the play, when he dies, the play becomes a lot darker and dangerous. ...read more.

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This means that the prologue is saying that the stars control Romeo and Juliet and that the stars have bad things in store for them. Romeo is probably aware of the fact that his very life lies in the hands of fate, as he constantly talks about his unlucky stars. ' Some consequence yet hanging in the stars...' Romeo believes that the stars control everything. So they are responsible for his infatuation with Rosaline and then his love for Juliet. He believes that everything that happens to him is to do with the stars. Romeo believes that his stars are unlucky; 'And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars...' Here Romeo is complaining about is unlucky stars, he is blaming Juliet's death on his unlucky stars. He is going to kill himself to be with Juliet and get rid off his unlucky stars. I think that the fate of both of Romeo and Juliet was always laid out. Although I think that perhaps Romeo was the unlucky one, and perhaps ended up sharing his bad luck with Juliet, they just had to die for the play to have a real meaning. Love may have made Romeo and Juliet careless, reckless and more unlucky. Their love really shows what true love should be- unconditional and everlasting, but if they had not let love rule them, then perhaps they wouldn't have died. However, I think that Romeo and Juliet had to die, that was the only way their love could be truly perfect. They were so in love on the day they died that there was no time for them to find faults in each other. Also because their love was so strong it meant that it brought the Capulets and Montagues together, the fate that meant Romeo and Juliet had to die, to mend what was not right. Romeo and Juliet's love was also the most important type of love in the play as it was the one of the only types of love shown that really contrasted with the hate of the feud. ...read more.

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