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Examine the different types of love presented in Romeo & Juliet and explain the dramatic purpoamatic purpose for the inclusion se for the inclusion of each type.

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In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare has included many types of loves between many different people, the first love the audience experience is between Romeo and Rosaline which is a lustful love that is based not on emotions but the outside beauty and physical appearance of both of them. The next type of love that is shown, is the mercenary love between Capulet and lady Capulet, which is based on mostly the status and wealth that is gained by being with someone, convenience, and the sheer fact that, with a man of great power having a wife is necessary. Then, there is a class of 'bawdy' love shown by Mercutio and the nurse; they show a negative, rude and 'desperate' way of love and loving others. And then the main love present is the holy, spiritual and perfect love between Romeo and Juliet, which is based on true emotions, the sheer fact that they are destined to be together and the sanctity they posses between each other. The actual novel is a love tragedy, but the tragic love is between Romeo and Juliet who posses a perfect love, but not between either of the other members of their family, we can say that fate brought them together but also separated them. ...read more.


From this we can demonstrate that, Romeo is more scared that he will be rejected to love Juliet than the Capulet guards finding him and murdering him; this implies even further that Romeo loves Juliet more than his own life. Shakespeare also shows their perfect connection, when he perfectly connects their lines in the play, he writes it show Juliet completes Romeos Iambic Pentameter, Romeo: What shall I swear by? Juliet: Do not swear at all; By doing this, people that can notice the connection in their words, can also notice their perfect connection to one and other. The religious sanctity of their love concludes that Romeo and Juliet and destined to be together, in the 1996 production of Romeo and Juliet by Baz Luhrmann, there are many referenced to water, the time they first meet is between a fish tank, and during the balcony scene they fall into the water, this can also suggest that them being together is a clean, pure love and nothing can divide them. Their love is a love that is not like any of the other loves in the play, where one is bawdy, mercenary or based on physical attraction, but Romeo and Juliet share a sacred and perfect love for each other, that is based on true emotion and a perfect fitting. ...read more.


We could say that Mercutio has had a bad past experience with women and so he thinks any pure love will always end in tragedy. We then have Lord and Lady Capulets love for profit, where the two are conveniently together for the status and because its imperative of someone of great power to be married. Out of all these types of loves included, none are pure, spiritual and based on true love. Shakespeare has included these types of loves because they make Romeo and Juliet's love look much superior than theirs. Their love is shown to be a holy, spiritual that 'god will approve of' which is in great contrast to the others, where one hates love, one cant love and one must love. When we see Romeo and Juliet's love for the first time, it contrasts to all the other loves so far in the play. And so we can conclude that Shakespeares purpose of including all the different types of love, to show dramatically that Romeo and Juliet share the only pure love and their love in much greater than other loves, but, unlike the others, their love ends in tragedy ?? ?? ?? ?? Examine the different types of love presented in Romeo & Juliet and explain the dramatic purpose for the inclusion of each type. ...read more.

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