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Discuss William Shakespeare's portrayal of love in 'Romeo and Juliet', focussing on character development, imagery, and dramatic presentation.

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Oral Response Coursework - Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Question: Discuss William Shakespeare's portrayal of love in 'Romeo and Juliet', focussing on character development, imagery, and dramatic presentation. Shakespeare plays around with the concept of love immensely in this play, the whole play revolves around the different types of love apparent and the contrast between them. He does this by showing one side of love next to a completely different one, for example he shows the crude love for women's bodies on one scene and on the next scene he would show the romantic true love between Romeo and Juliet, this not only would exadurate and dramatise the type of love but makes the play more interesting. Every character perceives love in a different way, adding a clear contrast to Romeo and juliets first love. The different types of love Shakespeare shows in this play can be defined in to two categories: parental love and romantic love. The parental love can be shown in the relationships between Romeo and his friends and family and in the relationships between Juliet's family and the nurse. The other type, the romantic love, includes the sexual part, crude, unromantic, romantic love and spiritual loves such relationships as the ones between Romeo and Rosaline and Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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to marry Juliet to some one on the same social level as the capulet family is, someone who would keep the family reputation high. The nurse provides the motherly figure for Juliet, in her language she shows how much she cares for Juliet, as a replacement for her dead child, she also provides a friendship for Juliet, this type of love was the only love Juliet had for any one before she met romeo so when she did it seems like she was overwhelmed with feeling that she possibly didn't comprehend. The only person that Juliet trusts enough to tell about romeo is the nurse who tried to be on her side most of time to try and work things out with romeo except at the end where she tries to persuade Juliet to marry Paris, but that was because of her rather different ideas to love and marriage. Romeo has also got a strong friendship, his best friend is a mercutio, a play full and lively character, romeo shows a deep friendship with mercutio reflected in his anger when he was killed where he for an instant forget about his true love to go out and kill her cousin Tybalt, this shows that love in a friendship can be as powerful as the spiritual romantic love that romeo had for Juliet. ...read more.

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uncontrollable when people disobey him, and Juliet was doing just that by refusing to marry paris, we see his fatherly love for Juliet dissapeare as he threatens to throw her out, "never after look me in the face", he threatens to hit her, "my fingers itch" his anger gets the better of him and starts to curse her, "out you green sickness carrion, out you baggage, you tallow face". This story is one off the greatest love stories ever written, although some one might argue that it possibly also has more hate than any other average story as well as love, it is the quote "loving hate" that the play revolves around, the concept of hate is always close when love is apparent. The play itself has indured for years, and many recent films and novels have been based on the Shakespeare version proving that one of the factors that make it such a brilliant piece of writing is its power to still be relevant today, a modern audience can, more than not, relate to the love and relationships in the play. Finally the conclusion of the story is that in the love had beaten hate at the end, even though a violent sacrifice had to made, the biggestv sacrifice proves the r + j true love. ...read more.

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