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How does Shakespeare present love in act 1 scene 5 and act 2 scene 2? Shakespeare presents love in many different ways throughout the play. He uses a great variety of different types of love as well. Different types of love he shows include courtly love, romantic love, true love, fickle love and instant love. Shakespeare wrote the play in the 16th century so it had to be relevant to the times but what makes this play stand out is the way that due to the major use of love to show emotions means that it is still relevant to today's audience. An example of this is Baz Luhrmanns movie interpretation of Romeo and Juliet which was an award winning success. Courtly love originated in the Middle Ages where a noble or rich maid would be in complete control and the gentleman would often admire her from afar before trying to make a move on her. Shakespeare does the same thing with Romeo and Juliet, showing her as the one in control and Romeo is the one having to work and impress her. ...read more.


When he says this he is talking to Juliet and as the audience sees it he is saying that he owes his life to her. This is a massive thing to say and the audience really can see that he is serious about his feelings. Shakespeare shows Romeo as a true romantic who is not sensible in love and thinks or it more as an adventure. Within the first few hours of knowing Juliet he takes great risks just to be near her which really shows the audience that Romeo is willing to give it all up just be with her. When Juliet says that if he is caught he will be killed he just replies "alack there lies more peril in thine eye than twenty of their swords" In a way he is saying that his love for her is far more dangerous than twenty swords and he would rather love her and have twenty sword come at him than not love her at all. This romantic image of Romeo depicted by Shakespeare may seem over the top but it leaves the audience in no doubt about whether he loves her or not. ...read more.


Through the use of Roseline and the fact that the audience never sees her Shakespeare shows that love can be fickle. Through the use of stage craft Shakespeare shows the audience that Romeo has replaced Roseline with Juliet. He does this when Romeo asks the question "what lady's that which doth enrich the hand of yonder knight?" The strange thing about this for the audience is that they are expecting it to be about Roseline as that is who Romeo had been going on about for the duration of the play to this point but for them to find it is actually about Juliet is a shock. Shakespeare uses the word "enrich" to show Romeos romantic idealism. Enrichment is to make something better so what Romeo is saying is that just by being near Juliet he is made a better person, which after spending most of the play so far saying how perfect and beautiful Roseline is, to then turn around and say actually Juliet is the one for me really shows how fickle his love is. Overall I think that Shakespeare uses love to present most things in the play. It is due to this which makes Romeo and Juliet still relevant to a modern audience. David busfield ...read more.

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