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How Does Shakspeare Portray Love In Romeo And Juliet

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How does Shakespeare portray love in 'Romeo and Juliet'? 'Romeo and Juliet' is a famous, tragic love story; about two 'star cross'd lovers' whose 'untimely death' eventually 'buries their parents' strife' and reunites their families. The two families are alike in dignity but still despise each other due to an 'ancient feud'. Love is the play's dominant and most important theme. The play focuses mostly on romantic love. Shakespeare portrays love by using Romeo and Juliet's intense and passionate love affair to show the audience that there is more to love than romance. He is showing us that love is violent and has hidden depths, and that love is overpowering often causing families to split. It causes brutal and powerful responses from people; and it causes death, violence and hatred. Shakespeare is not interested in portraying love as a happy and dainty version of the emotion, but instead as a powerful emotion that captures individuals, turns them against others and sometimes even themselves. The play 'Romeo and Juliet' was not actually an original idea from Shakespeare but it was based on a dramatisation of Arthur Brooke's narrative poem 'The Tragicall History of Romeus and Juliet' which was a retelling of a tale by Ovid in 'Metamorphoses' called 'Pyramus and Thisbe'. ...read more.


The nurse is also trying to help boost Paris' status by calling him 'a man of wax' Shakespeare has used this metaphor to show us that Paris' is perfect and flawless just like wax. Men and women were both married young in the Elizabethan times; Men at around the age of fourteen, and women usually at the age of twelve. Juliet was about this age and she was already being married off. Juliet is being forced to marry Paris by her parents, against all of her wishes; and despite the fact that she is already married to Romeo. This is called dramatic irony, another great literary device Shakespeare has used to heighten the tension in Romeo and Juliet's relationship. The audience knows that they are married but no other characters do. This suggests to me that Romeo and Juliet's love is legit because they know what they are doing is dangerous but they still go ahead and marry each other. Shakespeare is showing us that love is so powerful that nothing else can affect its victims. When Romeo and his friends 'gatecrash' the Capulet's party they talk about love and we know that he is in a melancholy mood because he is still thinking about Rosaline. In this section Shakespeare has made love out to be delicate and not steady because Romeo is still depressed about his unrequited love for Rosaline ...read more.


Deny their father and refuse thy name and if thou will not be but sworn my love, and ill no longer be a Capulet.' This is a dramatic speech which is very powerful; this shows that Juliet is really in love with Romeo because she is saying that his name is only her enemy and he would still be Romeo even without the Montague name. Juliet is using the imperatives 'deny' and 'refuse'; the impact of using these words is to show that she is commanding Romeo to do so. Juliet comes alive in this scene because she is in love and Shakespeare is showing us that this is what love does to you. She asks that he 'be sworn, my love and ill no longer be a Capulet.' Juliet speaks from the heart and does not dwell on appearance and like Romeo she is willing to prove this by forgoing her name and marrying Romeo. Juliet is a practical person and is concerned for Romeos safety so she is wondering how he managed to get there. 'how camest thou hither, tell me and wherefore? The orchard walls are high and hard to climb. And the place thou death, considering who thou art, if any of the kinsmen find thee here.' Her concern shows true love because she knows if someone finds out he is there he is a dead man. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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