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How is love shown in Romeo and Juliet.

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Introduction

´╗┐In this essay I am going to be comparing two love stories, Romeo and Juliet and Tony Kytes, the Arch Deceiver. Firstly, Romeo and Juliet?s prologue introduces the play and is therefore important, it is written in sonnet form, formally seen as a love poem and written in rhyming couplets, this already shows elements of love and this is one way that love is presented in Romeo and Juliet. Next, the genre of the prologue is very clear ? romance. But, this is also juxtaposed by tragedy, this is because the prologue was traditionally read as a chorus, and this originated from Greek tragedies, in which the audience was told a brief summary of the story and what was soon to come on the stage. An example of how the prologue tells the story, is the use of phrases such as ?star cross?d lovers?. This is interpreted as Romeo and Juliet?s love being ?fate? but with a negative outcome. This is because the meaning of star cross?d is that the persons has come across ?ill-fate? and their destiny is written in the stars, these two youths were meant to meet each other and their love was always going to bring their deaths with it. ...read more.

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The use of speech Romeo presents to Juliet gives an important insight to their relationship. Shakespeare presents Romeo?s initial feelings towards Juliet in a lusting, flirtatious manner. Immediately Romeo describes Juliet as a star ? ?she doth teaches the torches to burn bright!? showing how Romeo felt ?love at first sight?. Also the constant reference to light and dark references continues throughout the play, and many light and dark images are cast around the lovers. The pair are repeatedly associated with darkness, this points to the secret nature of their love because this was the only time they were able to meet in safety. At the same time, the light is referring to the brightness that continues to grow in each other?s eyes to the very end, when Juliet?s beauty even illuminates the darkness of the tomb. The association of both Romeo and Juliet with stars also continually reminds the audience that their love is ?star cross?d?. Shakespeare has used this language to constantly remind you that the pairs love was always going to happen because it was ?written in the stars?. Shakespeare describes Juliet as a ?like a rich jewel in an Ethiope?s ear?, this states that Romeo believes Juliet stands out from the crowd, like an Ethiope would?ve done in Elizabethan society. ...read more.

Conclusion

This would show an audience how highly Romeo felt about Juliet because Saints were an important part of their religious culture. Romeo proceeds to woo Juliet with another sonnet which continues to use the religious imagery begun in the first sonnet to emphasize the wonder and spiritual purity of his love. Flirting with his pure approach, Juliet teases Romeo as a lover who ?kisses according to convention? rather than from the heart, but the audience recognizes that he has already shed most of his pretenses. Romeo and Juliet are so enrapt completing the sonnet and gazing into each other's sparkling eyes that they forget to ask one another for names; instead, both discover from the Nurse the other's identity. In an instant, Juliet concisely expresses the connection between love and hate and marriage and death: "My only love sprung from my only hate." She also declares immediately that if she cannot marry Romeo, she would rather die: ?If he be married. My grave is like to be my wedding bed.? The image of death as a bridegroom for Juliet is repeated throughout the play to maintain an atmosphere of impending tragedy. Turning the attention to Tony Kytes ...read more.

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