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How does Shakespeare present different ideas of love in Romeo and Juliet?

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How does Shakespeare present different ideas of love in Romeo and Juliet? Love has existed in many forms throughout time. There is no better example of this then in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In this tale when love is most apparent, the most crucial events occur to develop 'tragedy'. The evident forms of love are Familial love, Fraternal love and Romantic love. Shakespeare portrays the love of Romeo and Juliet as 2 halves which when joined make there love for one anther complete. The fulfilment of Romeo and Juliet's Love is hindered by external influences, the most obvious of which being the 'ancient grudge' between the Capulet and the Montague's. The feud is one of many conditions and incidents, which together can be considered influence counter acting on the relationship between Romeo and Juliet. The sexual punning begins in the opening scene and is continued throughout the play. The love of Romeo and Juliet although idealized, is rooted in passionate sexuality. The Victorian idea of pure non-sexual love has not yet evolved. Both Samspon and Gregory create a sense of Bravado and refer to 'maidenheads' similar to Romeo's love for Rosaline as he holds a sexual love for her, which is quick and Impulsive. Shakespeare expresses love as an intense emotion, which is both happiness and sadness as Love is 'choking gall' 'smoke sighs' 'preserving Sweet' and 'madness'. We see that Romeos love for Rosaline is 'black and portentous' this is in sharp contrast with the fresh, spontaneous passion, which Juliet will inspire in Romeo. ...read more.

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She aided the two young lovers by acting like a messenger 'O God, she comes! O honey nurse, what news?'. The counterpart to the love nurse displays for Juliet as a mother is in the fatherly love that Friar gives to Romeo. As when Romeo informs Friar of his new love for Juliet he says ' Young men's love then lies Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes' After the murder of Tybalt Romeo turns to Friar as he is the only one to abet Romeo in his Suffering. He tells Romeo 'one knock Good Romeo, hide thyself.' This shows us the risk that Friar places on himself so that no harm may come to 'Good Romeo' he provided insight and guides Romeo to the next course of action. Another example of fatherly love was shown through Lord Capulet to Juliet. He saw that his daughter was in great grieve over the death of her cousin Tybalt . He lovingly tries to ease her remorse by finding a husband for Juliet 'Soft, take me with you, take me with you wife...Doth she not give me thanks? is she not proud? So worthy a gentleman to her bride?'. Juliet who is no longer innocent due to her love for Romeo rejects this proposal. Lord Capulet becomes filled with rage, the reason for his anger being his frustration. Capulet felt helpless and thought that marriage would give her a chance. Montague expresses his concern and Familial Love for Romeo, as Romeos love for Rosaline is changing him as he describes it as 'tears' 'clouds' 'sighs'. ...read more.

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Romeo says that their love can be described in religious terms as it is associated with purity and passion. Romeo speaks the first quatrain and its rhyming scheme is a,b,a,b The second quatrain is spoken by Juliet c,b,c,b ,Both Romeo and Juliet speak the third quatrain d,e,d,e and final quatrain is spoken by Juliet and then finally Romeo. Romeo and Juliet both have b's in their quatrain. The abab, cbcb rhyme scheme indicates Romeo and Juliet are intertwined, through the repetition of 'b' lines. The religious language demonstrates the sincerity of emotions as love and religion are intertwined like the love of Romeo and Juliet. The 'Balcony scene' shows Romeo's passion for Juliet, which is sexual as to Elizabethans sexual desire was the essence of romance. Romeo says 'Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon.' Romeo is implying that he hopes Juliet will not remain a virgin and be cured of 'sick and green.' It is the tension between the desire and his reticence that shows us how much he truly loves Juliet. All the presentations of love in Romeo and Juliet have led to one inevitable Love, the love that changes a person's soul this is the love that Romeo and Juliet hold for one another, as they are willing to kill themselves to love freely. The prince says Love is what kills Romeo and Juliet, as 'The sun for sorrow will not show its head.' As Juliet is dead, love is dead. Romeo and Juliet illustrate their compassion and true Love for one another by paying the greatest price for their love death. . ...read more.

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