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How does Shakespeare make the audience fully aware of Romeo and Juliet's "true-love passion"?

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How does Shakespeare make the audience fully aware of Romeo and Juliet's "true-love passion"? Throughout 'Romeo and Juliet', Shakespeare portrays the true-love passion between the two lovers in great contrast to the society in which they are surrounded. Their love seems more predominant in the play especially in comparison to the ancient feud between the Capulets and the Montagues. However, this is not the only lack of understand that there is in Verona. Some of the main characters show this, in the bad behaviour by both Mercutio and the Nurse who only understand physical love and the lack of parental love which foregrounds Romeo and Juliet's passion for each other. From the moment that the two characters meet it is clear that it is 'love at first sight'. The most violent character in the whole play is Tybalt. This is shown effectively in the newer film at the Capulet's party, Tybalt portrayed to be the most violent person. He misunderstands why Romeo has come to his party and accuses him of being there to "fleer and scorn". Shakespeare also portrays him as a person without a heart, as he says "to strike him dead I hold it not a sin". ...read more.


The feud is not only shown in the fighting men of the family, as Lady Capulet has a deep hatred of the Montagues. Parental love is another theme in this play which is portrayed in different ways. It is clear that the Montague family do have a strong love for their children as Lord Montague is worried about his son's love for Rosaline. "Could we but learn from whence his sorrows grow. We would as willingly give cure as know." Montague is concerned as to what Romeo is so upset about, and wishes to know about why he is so ill. He wishes to "cure" him of his illness. Extremely, Lady Montague dies due to having a broken heart upon hearing the news that her son has been exiled to Mantua. This shows the true love between the parents of the Montague household and Romeo, as she cannot live without him. This is contrasted with the Capulet's treatment of Juliet. Although it may appear that Capulet does care about his daughter, when he arranges the marriage to Paris to stop her being upset for the death of Tybalt. His mind soon changed when he says "But fettle your fine joints 'gainst". ...read more.


Capulet, the more violent of the two, says "O brother Montague, give me thy hand". This shows the love between the two households, as they have been re-united together, and now he refers to Montague as being a "brother". This is in a great contrast to the rest of the play as never before has any friendship been shown between these two families. Catholic families are eventually coming together as one, therefore their love has a positive effect on Verona as a society, as the fighting in the streets will stop and the area will be a happier place. In conclusion, the "true-love passion" between the two lovers is shown in such a powerful way by the contrasts and use of language throughout the play. I feel that this is why the play still has such a lasting appeal today. It is cleverly written and has an ever-lasting effect on whoever sees it. From the moment that the character of Romeo is introduced, and the two lovers meet, the audience learns to love them both. Shakespeare's ideas that are evident throughout are innovative and would have appealed to the audience of his era. The idea of marriage for true love, not arranged marriages, would have been new to his audience. This is what makes his play so successful and original. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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