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How Does Shakespear Portray A Variety Of Different Forms Of Love In Romeo And Juliet

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How Does Shakespeare Portray a Variety Of Different Forms of Love In Romeo & Juliet In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet love is a main theme from the play. However there is not one type of love. There are many: Love as a transaction for power and money, infatuation, love as a physical attraction and of cause true love between Romeo and Juliet. This essay will look into the portrayal of these types of love in the play how they are experienced by the characters. At the beginning of scene 1 Act 1 Sampson and Gregory talk of brutal sex and joke of power and lust, "therefore I will push Montague's men from the wall and thrust his maids to the wall." ...read more.

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However this is not a true love but more an infatuation. This is a love felt by only one person. Romeo is obsessed with Rosaline, but she ignores him. He tries to bribe her for sex and seduce her, "well, in that hit you miss ............ Nor ope her lap to saint-seducing gold." Using this we can see he is desperate for Rosaline to like him. When Romeo thinks about her he feels dark and gloomy and wants to be left alone in the dark, "many a morning hath he been seen ............ unless good counsel may cause remove." This sows that he behaves sadly and is confused about why Rosaline doesn't like him. During the play Shakespeare show love as a transaction as well as the relation ship between Juliet and her mother. ...read more.

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this quotation shows that Lady Capulet talks to Juliet through the nurse, also Lady Capulet does not know the age of her daughter Juliet. True love is the central portrayal of love in this play. Romeo thought he was in love with Rosaline but he realises the truth when he sees Juliet at the Capulet party. Their love is shown as they finish each others lines in sonnets, "if I profane with my unworthiest hand. This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this ............ give me my sin again. [Kissing her again.] You kiss by the book." I conclude that in this play there is not one portrayal of love but many. Shakespeare shows us love in all its forms, from gentle and passionate to brutal and physical. Shakespeare portrays love well during the play using a variety of things from sonnets to blank verse but either way he portrays love with expertise and awe. ...read more.

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