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Examine the different views of love presented in the play 'Romeo and Juliet'

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Examine the different views of love presented in the play 'Romeo and Juliet' Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's most famous play, is all about love. Several different aspects of love are presented in the play, including unrequited love, parental love, the love of friendship and romantic love. In this essay, I shall be examining the views Shakespeare expresses on these different forms of love. Romeo experiences unrequited love in his dealings with Rosaline. This form of love is not portrayed in the play as real love, the type experienced by Romeo and Juliet, but as something completely different. When we first hear of Romeo I the play, we are told by his father that he has locked himself in his room and "Shuts up his windows," and "locks fair daylight out". Later in the play, when Romeo is talking to his friends Benvolio and Mercutio, he talks about his love for Rosaline. ...read more.

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Following the death of Tybalt, and Juliet's grief at this, and her distress at Romeo's exile, the parents move the wedding forward in the hope of cheering up Juliet. Her mother tells her that Paris is "gallant, young and noble," showing how good their choice of husband is. The parents really do believe, in my opinion, that this is the best option for her and will make her happy, saying that the news is "joyful tidings." Despite Juliet already being married, I believe that the parents had the best of intentions in wanting them to marry. The relationship between Juliet and Nurse, although they are not related, is parental because of the fact that Nurse raised Juliet. The Nurse feels that Juliet is her daughter emotionally, after the death of her own, Susan. Her love is shown to be humorous and jovial, swell as caring. She teases Juliet when she returns from a meeting with Romeo. ...read more.

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This romantic love between the couple appears to be true love, due to the lifting of Romeo's spirits to a point where he is happy after meeting Juliet. Friar Lawrence's reaction to this is "Benedictite! What early tongue so saluteth me?" and "Thy wit is a very bitter sweeting, it is a most sharp sauce." These show that this love is different to that for Rosaline, indicating true love. Two other romantic relationships in the play are that of Lord and Lady Capulet and Montague. The ladies, during the first fight, stop them from fighting, out of love for their husbands. To discourage them from fighting, they say things like "A crutch, a crutch! Why call you for a sword?" and "Thou shalt not stir one foot to seek a foe." In conclusion, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet contain many different forms of love, and each is presented by the writer to give a different feeling for each. ...read more.

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