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Examine the different views of love presented in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and discuss for their inclusion.

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Examine the different views of love presented in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and discuss for their inclusion. The tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's great plays it is one of his most popular. The play looks at different types of love. Romeo and Juliet are often seen as a romance play, it also looks at physical love, spiritual love, plutonic love and the love of family. When the audience first meets Romeo he fancies the 'pants' off Rosaline. Romeo seems at first to be a very self-absorbed character. Romeo's good friend Benvolio tries to cheer him but he refuses to be happy. Romeo describes love as a"...madness most discreet. A choking gall and a preserving sweet." These comments show Romeo to be desperate. Romeos use of rhyme reveals he is a lover. He tells us Rosaline has 'forsworn' to love and therefore "Do I live dead." Romeo shows himself as being a very dramatic young man and only cares for his own feelings. His feelings for Rosaline quickly disappear when he meets Juliet, "O she cloth teach the torches to burn bright", and he falls deeply in love. Juliet too, is very overcome and after their short kiss she sends the nurse to find out his name and if he's married. ...read more.

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The audience can truly feel Romeo's great sense of loss and also the overpowering cry of Mercutio's dying curse. The relationship between Romeo and Mercutio can be as sexual as in the latest Lehman film. Usually the relationship is platonic, but times the can be seen as almost flirting. Mercutio is most certainly the more cleverer and mature than Romeo and Benvolio. But Benvolio can get overexcited at times and has to be calmed by Romeo. "Give me a torch, I am for this ambling, being but heavy I will bear the light." "Nay gentle Romeo, we must have you dance." At times Mercutio speaks in verse to Romeo, when they are both speaking of love. Their relationship is very tense which is most probably why Mercutio is so outraged by Tybalt's reference about him and Romeo being an item. The history of the two rival families is never far from the surrounding atmosphere of the play. The tension, which exists in the families is highly dangerous and has been going on for many long years. It result's in Juliet making a futuristic comment "My only love sprung from my only hate", and it causes the death of Mercutio. Maybe the Prince observes the anger of the people best as he punishes this false of family, which seems more like hatred. ...read more.

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The audience sees them both, as Romeo is about to leave for exile. Their passionate love for each other has made Romeo far more mature and understanding, it is a very touching scene. The self-absorbed lover for Rosaline has gone and a respectful young man has replaced him. He realises that these sorrows could be useful. "I doubt it not, and all these woes shall serve for sweet discourses in our time to come." Juliet changes also when she becomes in love with Romeo. Her words become more expressive, she talks of lover's night and her desire for physical love with her new husband. She compares him with the stars a gift from heaven. "Give me my Romeo and when he shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars. And he will make the face heaven so fine, that all the world will be in love with night." The play examines many types of love, feudal/family hatred. The prince sums it up when he says, "See what a scourge is laid upon your hate." As the audience we see the redeeming power of love, which has an enormous effect on our lives today. Shakespeare has written a great play, which is still vital in that it deals with love, hate, prejudice and violence. The feelings shown in this play still exists today and we can learn from Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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