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Explore the theme of love in Romeo and Juliet and how it is used

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Explore the theme of love in Romeo and Juliet and how it is used In 'Romeo and Juliet', love is expressed in many different ways including love of material possessions, reputations, family, friends, sexual, romantic, and the most important healing love. Healing love is referred to at the beginning, "...The continuance of their parents' rage, which, but their children's end, nought could remove." And the end, by the dramatic death of Romeo and Juliet, ending the prolonged feud between the Capulets and the Montagues. The play as a whole is a battle between love and hate. This is hinted as in the first scene when Romeo uses the oxymoron, "O loving hate". During and towards the end of the play, which one wins? Love or hate? Love is which destroys all the hatred between the Capulets and Montagues, but hate makes everyone lose something close to them. Love in material possessions shows how material wealth is a major part in this play. Lady Capulet wanted Juliet to marry Paris for purely financial reasons, not for love or even liking him. ...read more.


"Talk not to me, for I will not speak a word. Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee." Lady Capulet is following her husband and respecting him "The patriarchal power structure inherits in Renaissance families wherein the father controls the action of all other family members, particularly women, placed Juliet in an extremely vulnerable position. Her heart, in her family's mind, is not hers to give." (Taken from Sparknotes.com) "And private, in his chamber, pens himself, shuts up his windows, locks far daylight out, and makes himself an artificial night. Black and portentous, must his humour prove, unless cancel may the cause remove." Romeo's relationship with his father is very distant. He doesn't seem to communicate with any of his family members and would far rather just shut himself away in his room and make night eternal. Romeo's parents Lord and Lady Montague care about Romeo very much. They worry about him and when he is lovesick over Roseline. ...read more.


Shakespeare starts his play with a crude reference to sex. Mercutio's view of love is rude, coarse and bawdy. He is into one-night stands and has never had a real girlfriend. He jokes about sex, for example when he probably lifts the nurse's skirt up saying, "Here's goodly gear, a sail!" Mercutio is fascinated by sexual innuendo "A slip can you not conceive?" He jokes even when he is dying "Ask for me tomorrow, you will find me a grave man." These phrases were for comic purposes and helped entertain the lower classes who would watch Shakespeare's plays. In the days of Shakespeare, this would have drawn the audiences attention to what was happening on stage, as it would have been performed in the Globe Theatre. The Globe Theatre would have had no curtains, lights etc... As well as this there would have been a very rowdy crowd with stinkards surrounding the stage, sex and sexual references would have drawn their attention straight to the play. Romeo and Juliet's love is pure love, and not as corrupt as how the servants refer to sex. Life on the streets is very much full with sexual innuendos. ...read more.

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