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Examine the different types of love and analyse the language that Shakespeare uses to describe them.

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GCSE Coursework Assignment Romeo and Juliet In this essay I am going to examine the different types of love and analyse the language that Shakespeare uses to describe them. Shakespeare shows 'Courtly Love' through Romeo's 'love' for Rosaline (act 1 scene 1 lines 167-172, 208-215) and Paris' 'love' for Juliet (act 5 scene 3 lines 12-17). Courtly Love was a European tradition dating from the Middle Ages. It was a set of rules and expectations about the way 'lovers' from the aristocratic classes should behave. 'The man should fall in love with a lady of a higher social class'. 'She would probably be married, and therefore unobtainable'. 'He can neither eat nor sleep thinking of his lady'. These are a few rules of courtly love. Romeo's 'love' for Rosaline was strong, even though that Romeo had never seen Rosaline. The audience find out later that Romeo is in love with the idea of being in love, I know this because: 'This love feel I, that feel no love in this' meaning he was in love with the conventions of love rather than actual love. ...read more.


There are words of conflict, 'My fingers itch' showing he wants to hit Juliet. 'Hang thee, young baggage! Disobedient wretch!' Showing feelings of violence. The Capulet's wanted Juliet to get married to Paris as this was the age of getting married and that Paris was a good catch as he was wealthy and a high status. Husbands were chosen by wealth, riches rather than love. Women had no say in his. Earlier in the play Lord Capulet shows love to his daughter Juliet (act 1 scene 2 lines 25). 'Earth-treading stars that make dark heaven light' meaning ladies (Juliet) bright as stars, yet walking on earth. Lord Capulet then treats Juliet, as he doesn't know her by insulting her for not agreeing to marry Paris. Lady Capulet is with Lord Capulet in this argument rather than trying to side with Juliet. The nurse on the other hand is very angry at Lord Capulet for arguing with Juliet and blames him. 'You are to blame, my lord, to rate her so'. ...read more.


These words are to show Romeo and Juliet's love as a religion. 'This holy shrine' meaning Juliet's hand (act 1 scene 5 line 93). When Romeo spoke about Rosaline he used a lot of oxymoron's 'loving hate', 'bright smoke' to indicate the falseness of his love for Rosaline. In the balcony scene (act 2 scene 2) Romeo has climbed over the wall into the Capulet's orchard to speak to his love Juliet (who is on her balcony of her bedroom hence the name 'the balcony scene'). Romeo and Juliet refer to each other as words such as the sun, the moon and the stars (act 2 scene 2 lines 3, 4, and 15). 'Two of the fairest stars in all heaven' referring to Romeo and Juliet. 'And Juliet is the sun!' referring to Juliet. Romeo then swears his love for Juliet by the moon, but Juliet disagrees because the moon is inconstant and she wants their love to last long. Juliet then gives Romeo the idea of getting married. 'I have no joy of this contract to-night'. Romeo promises to see her the next day. ...read more.

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