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Examine the different types of love presented in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', comment in detail on how each type of love

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Examine the different types of love presented in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', comment in detail on how each type of love is portrayed in a dramatic way. 'Romeo and Juliet' was published in 1623. It was written by William Shakespeare in 1589-1595. The basic outline of the story is that Romeo starts off sad locking himself in his room all day. This is because of Roseline, who he claims to be in love with. The Montague's gate crash a Capulet party where Romeo meets Juliet and says he loves her. Because Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet it's very hard for them to be together. Mercutio Romeo's cousin is killed by Tybalt when he is trying to help Romeo, Romeo then shoots Tybalt. This means that Romeo gets banished and can't see Juliet again. They have a plan for Juliet to drink a potion which makes her seem dead for a while. When Romeo finds Juliet he thinks she is dead, because the message didn't reach him, and kills himself. When Juliet wakes she sees Romeo and kills herself. 'Romeo and Juliet' has lots of different types of love in which are what I am going to explore. ...read more.

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Brotherly love is shown by Benvolio towards Romeo. They are in a street talking about the Capulets' party. Benvolio wants Romeo to go so he forgets about Rosaline. "Go thither; and, with unattainted eye" This is Benvolio telling Romeo to go to the party to see all the other girls and forget about Rosaline. This is dramatic because it comes after Romeo being infactuated with Rosaline. I think this is because Benvolio is trying to help Romeo forget and move on. All of Romeos friends are encouraging him to go because they want to see him happy. Socially, historically and culturally this was dramatic because normally if you were in love with someone you wouldn't go out looking for another woman to try and forget about them. It is in a public place where Mercutio shows the ultimate act of brotherly love. "Come, sir, your passado." This is Mercutio telling Romeo to draw his weapon because otherwise Tybalt will kill him. Romeo ignores him, because of this Mercutio gets stabbed and dies. This is shown dramatically because Tybalt is demanding Romeo to draw otherwise he will kill him and because Mercutio doesn't want Romeo to die he goes up and tries to draw the weapon for him and ends up dying. ...read more.

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Romeo takes this a step further by asking the Friar if he has anything he could kill himself with. Then he pulls out a dagger and threatens to kill himself. This shows that Romeo really loves Juliet and would do anything for her. This is dramatic because when you are 14 and have known someone for a few months you wouldn't kill yourself because you can't be with them. In my essay I have found out that 'Romeo and Juliet' is made dramatic by the different types of language that William Shakespeare uses to describe each type of love. I think the most dramatic type of love shown is brotherly love. I think this because just to exaggerate how much Mercutio cares about Romeo he dies trying to protect him. I also think that how William Shakespeare puts in things that the audience wouldn't expect and would shock them makes this play more dramatic. At the beginning when Gregory and Sampson are talking about sexual things like taking the maids virginity and there pretty piece of flesh. I think this was a very clever way to start the play because straight away it grabs the audiences attention.Ian Wilcock ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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