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Examination of the different types of love in ‘Romeo & Juliet’ including an explanation of the Relationships through Language and Stagecraft

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Examination of the different types of love in 'Romeo & Juliet' including an explanation of the Relationships through Language and Stagecraft 'Romeo & Juliet' was written by William Shakespeare and first performed in 1595 at the Globe Theatre in London. It is a play about love between a young boy and girl coming from bitterly opposed families. Many types of love are present within the play. In Act 1 Scene 1, Romeo seems infatuated with Rosaline; however, it becomes apparent, through the language of the play, that it is not true love, but courtly or 'artificial' love. Although Romeo gives long and elaborate poetic descriptions of his love, he never mentions Rosaline's name. The audience quickly realises that he is in love with being in love. When Romeo speaks of his love for Rosaline, the language has a regular rhyme scheme and oxymoron's are used, for example: "O brawling love, O loving hate" - Act 1, Scene 1 line 167. The patterns of verse fit the words too easily as he tries to describe a love he cannot really feel. The stagecraft as Romeo describes his love would be to make sure that the audience understands how obsessive he is and how much he thinks he loves Rosaline. ...read more.

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This section has many different effects. "Unattainted," suggests Benvolio wants Romeo to be honest to himself and admit that he is attracted to other women - this means forgetting about Rosaline for the night. "I shall show" illustrates that Benvolio is putting effort into leading Romeo away form foolish love. "Swan a crow" uses anthropomorphism to give the effect of Romeo seeing Rosaline as a crow next to more beautiful women. It is also a pun portraying that Rosaline is 'swanning' her beauty and that she give herself superficial airs. The stagecraft for Benvolio throughout this scene would be him acting socially and in friendship. This could be obtained by use of hand motions and a smile on his face. The stagecraft for Romeo would be reluctant. One of the types of love that Romeo and Juliet have between them is infatuated and passionate love. Act 2 Scene 2 lines 38-48 is about Juliet speaking of her love for Romeo, and how she is prepared to give up everything to be with him, even her name and identity. The language style when Juliet thinks she is alone is question and answer. She asks questions and then answers them herself, for example: "What's Montague? It's nor hand nor foot" - Act 2, Scene 2 line 40. ...read more.

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The gold statue of them portrays their love continuing on even after they have died. This adds fairytale qualities to the play and immortalises their love. The love between Romeo and Juliet is also dangerous and destructive. It is made clear to the audience that their love is "death-marked" - Prologue line 9. This adds expectancy and intensity to the play and is part of what has made the play so popular. One of the best examples of their destructive love is at the end of the play when Juliet wants to kill herself when she hears the news of Romeo's banishment. Second end stop lines end the scene; this is unusual because it is typical to have a rhyming couplet at the end. The lack of rhyme gives the effect of discord, while the end stop lines makes the narrative slow down so that the audience can appreciate to her finality, sincerity and determination. The effect of this is to slow down and accentuate Juliet's complete and utter devastation. The use of discord effect and stop lines show Juliet's sincerity and determination. 'Romeo & Juliet' has been such a popular play because it is everyone's idea of perfect romantic and true love. This is paralleled with dangerous and destructive love, adding intensity. "Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied, And vice sometime by action dignified." - Act 2, Scene 3, lines 21 and 22. ...read more.

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