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Discuss the different variations of love demonstrated in the play 'Romeo & Juliet'

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Introduction

Discuss the different variations of love demonstrated in the play 'Romeo & Juliet' 'Romeo and Juliet' is set in the beautiful city of Verona Italy. Verona was the perfect setting for the love story as it is renound for its romantic and noticeably wealthy atmosphere. 'Romeo and Juliet' is a worldwide famous love story. There are four variations of love portrayed through characters in the play which are: dutiful love, courtly love, sexual love and true love. Shakespeare uses comparisons of different types of love to display the true love between Romeo and Juliet. Dutiful love is a love shown by a parent to child and a child to parent. Dutiful love appears in the scene in which Capulet and Paris are discussing whether Capulet will accept Paris's offer to marry Juliet. The audience is made aware that the marriage is an arranged one, Juliet has never met Paris. Typically in an arranged marriage the main factor for getting married is to marry into wealth and grow in status. We know this is true in Paris' case because when he is explaining how he wants to marry Juliet he talks of Capulet and Lady Capulet's status ' of honorable reckoning are you both'. ...read more.

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This explains why Capulet became so angry and violent when Juliet refused to marry Paris. Dramatic irony is used in this part of the play as the audience is aware that Juliet is refusing to marry Paris because she is already married to Romeo but the other characters are not aware of this. Capulet is so angry that Juliet is not being dutiful to him by refusing to marry Paris that he tells her 'get thee to church on Thursday, or never after look me in the face' which tells Juliet if she does not marry on Thursday he will disown her. This scene would produce emotion in the audience as violence to a young child is un acceptable and also the audience know that the reason Juliet will not marry is that she is totally in love and married to Romeo. Paris shows respect for Juliet when marriage is first discussed, although he does not seem to be really truly in love with her. The audience knows this because of the contrast with the true love shown by Romeo to Juliet. ...read more.

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Shakespeare portrays 'Courtly Love' with its fancy and romantic, but not true from the heart characteristics by using a number of language devices. The audience becomes aware that Romeo's love for Rosaline is 'courtly' by the use of oxymorons, which were fashionable to use in plays at that time, such as 'feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health' and then later using metaphors 'a fire sparkling in lovers eyes' and 'a sea nourished with lover's tears'. These figures of speech conjure up images in the readers mind to suggest that Romeo is infatuated with Rosaline. Rhyming couplets is another language device Shakespeare uses repeatedly in Romeo's speech 'For beauty starved with her severity, cut beauty off from all posterity' rhyming couplets are used most often at the end of speeches in Shakespearian plays to emphasize an important point. His use of romantic language also displays Romeo's crush for Rosaline 'o she is rich in beauty'. Romeo's behaviour over Rosaline is perceived to the audience as being pathetic. Romeo's love is accepted by the audience and the characters of the play that it is something he will grow out of-a puppy love. They understand the language he uses is of a teenager with a crush. ...read more.

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