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How does Shakespeare present the tradition of love and marriage in the play Romeo and Juliet?

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Pavan Tiwana How does Shakespeare present the tradition of love and marriage in the play Romeo and Juliet? There are different types of love shown in the play Romeo and Juliet. This includes friendship, family and physical love. The main relationships I am going to write about are between Romeo and Rosaline, Juliet and Paris, the Capulet's and Romeo and Juliet. The tradition of love and marriage is important throughout the play, as it is a main theme. It was also very important to the Elizabethans. A tragedy was caused by two young lovers who were destined to be together. Romeo and Juliet get married secretly. This was unacceptable for the Elizabethans. The other relationships were suitable. This is different today because we get married because we are in love. Some religions have arranged marriages but it is not very common. Romeo and Rosaline's love was courtly love. Courtly love was expected by the Elizabethans. It seems that Romeo is "out of her favour where I am in love." As a main character, we expected more from him but instead see a moody young man who loves a woman who doesn't love him. I think that Shakespeare shows this type of love between Romeo and Rosaline because he wants us to see that it is false. It allows us to compare this relationship with Romeo and Juliet's love, which is special and meaningful. I think that Romeo's love towards Rosaline was childish. He was in love with the idea of love. We know this because he has most of the symptoms of courtly love. They are that he is in love with a woman, who is "unattainable", Rosaline spurns his advances in order to preserve her honour ...read more.

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She wouldn't want to anyway because Capulet provides the money and food. She has a really good life but not all arranged marriages worked out. It was a bonus if both of them were in love with each other such as the Montague's seemed to be. Lady Capulet seems scared of Capulet because when Juliet refuses to marry Paris, she tells Capulet instantly when he asks and watches the damage she has caused because she can't say anything against Capulet or about his decisions. When Juliet asks her for help and support, she says: "Talk not to me, for I'll not speak a word" and leaves Juliet all alone. Capulet and Lady Capulet's marriage is almost business like and formal. Lady Capulet just stays with Capulet for the security. Capulet stays with Lady Capulet because the marriage suits him. Lady Capulet can't say anything against Capulet. The furthest that Lady Capulet can defy against Capulet is: "A crutch, A crutch, why call you for a sword" The last and most important relationship in the play is Romeo and Juliet. I think that Shakespeare wants to show us that fate can be real and so it would make Romeo and Juliet meet up and fall in love with each other because they were "star cross'd lovers." Astronomy was important to the Elizabethans, as they believed that they could tell the future. When Romeo firsts sees Juliet, he had "ne'er saw true beauty till this night." When Romeo and Juliet first meet at the party, Juliet speaks very familiarly, which is a shock especially because she had lived a sheltered life with Tybalt and her father probably as the only males she had talked to. Elizabethans did not expect this. ...read more.

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It was as if he knew that she was really alive. He goes through what he can do one last time and then kisses Juliet's lips then drinks the poison. When Juliet awakes, she is supposed to see Romeo. When she sees Romeo however, she finds him dead with a poison bottle. She is disappointed with him because he didn't leaving any poison left for her. She calls it a "friendly drop" because it would allow her to die and be with Romeo. So she "will kiss thy lips." When she found none, she looks for something to kill herself with. She finds a "happy dagger" of Romeo's. Her speech is more hurried because she wants to be with Romeo. Romeo's is slower because he wants to touch her one more time before killing himself. In conclusion, I have learnt a lot of things about the tradition of love and marriage in the play Romeo and Juliet. I didn't know that they had arranged marriages or about courtly love. The whole play was full of tension, love, light and darkness and death. Marriages are very different today. We allow relationships such as Romeo and Juliet's but only a few religions still have arranged marriages. Romeo and Juliet's love was the strongest seen in the play. There love was so strong that they ignored the traditional love. You wonder throughout the play whether the relationship would be better if certain things changed. You thing that if only Juliet woke up later and that Romeo delayed the time before drinking the potion. They had to kill themselves to make their parents see that they didn't have to be enemies any more. 1 ...read more.

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