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Explore and examine the different types of love in Romeo & Juliet

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Explore and examine the different types of love in Romeo & Juliet Romeo & Juliet is a romantic play by William Shakespeare. It was first produced in 1595 and published in 1597. It is frequently performed on stage and made into a film. Theatre in the Elizabethan was very different from the theatre nowadays. The audience was separated in different classes. The upper class liked sitting in the seats high up above the ground, which overlooked the stage. The 'groundings' enjoyed watching the play standing up on the ground in front of the stage. The play is set in the city of Verona in Italy, where a long-standing feud exists between two rich families - the Montagues and the Capulets. Romeo is part of the Montague family and Juliet is part of the Capulet family. They instantly fall in love and want to get married, but because of their families' hatred, their happiness and youth are wasted. In the end they die in the most tragic way. In this essay I am going to explore and examine the different types of love in Romeo & Juliet. Love means to have a great affection or have a passionate desire for a person or thing. ...read more.


Lord Capulet first hesitates to let Paris marry Juliet. He says, "My child is yet a stranger in the world; she hath not seen the change of fourteen years; let two more summers wither in their pride." This tells us that Capulet is worrying that Juliet is too young too marry and wants to wait another two years. Paris explains that Capulet has changed the date of Juliet's marriage because be is concerned for her. He says, "Her father counts it dangerous that she do give her sorrow so much sway and in his wisdom hastes our marriage." Lady Capulet shows her love for her daughter after finding her dead. She says "O me, O me! My child, my only life, Revive, look up, or I will die with thee!" There is also an example of parental love between the nurse and Juliet. The nurse treats Juliet like her own daughter. At the time Shakespeare wrote this play, rich women normally have nurses, looking after their children. This would include breastfeeding and cleaning them. The nurse describes, at length, events when Juliet was a child. The teenager has her early embarrassment exposed. The audience, at that time, are amused because most of them have experienced this for themselves. ...read more.


Their passions lead them to make the decisions that lead to their deaths. Their love is passionate but there is no moderation. There are signs of true love between Friar Lawrence, the nurse, Romeo and Juliet, because they help Romeo and Juliet with their marriage, and they ask for nothing in return. Each type of love is different and has a different affect on the play. Shakespeare does not only show true love. He includes four different types of love because they move the plot forward. They also make the characters more interesting and complete. For example, Romeo starts off being a love -struck person who is only imitating the love for Rosaline, but when he meets Juliet his behaviour changes. In the prologue it says "A pair of star-crossed lovers, take their life". This tells me that it is telling the reader that there will be a death, which will relate to love. The Prince's speech at the end of the book relates to love because he says "Capulet, Montague? See what a scourge is laid upon your hate! That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love". This is saying that the families have caused the deaths because of the hatred between them and that love has called this death. ?? ?? ?? ?? Moynul Alom - 11R - English Coursework - Mr Smith 1 ...read more.

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