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In what ways do the various types of love represented in Romeo and Juliet help you to understand the relationship of Romeo and Juliet? Examine the different types of love and analyse the language that Shakespeare uses to describe them.

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In what ways do the various types of love represented in Romeo and Juliet help you to understand the relationship of Romeo and Juliet? Examine the different types of love and analyse the language that Shakespeare uses to describe them. Throughout Romeo and Juliet there are many different types of love being portrayed. I am going to look at the different types of love to see how they affect and represent Romeo and Juliet's love for each other. There are four main types of love that are shown, the first type of love that I will examine is courtly love, this is represented by Romeo's 'love' for Rosaline and also Paris's 'love' for Juliet. The second type of love that I will explore is family love; this is mainly shown in the arguments and conflicts in the Capulet household. Family love and family conflict affected Romeo and Juliet's love for each other because it was the feud between the Capulet and Montague families that forced Romeo and Juliet into hiding their relationship, getting married in secret without their families consent and in the end tragically taking their lives because of it. The third type of love that I will be examining is sexual love this is represented by Sampson and Gregory and also by Mercutio. These types of love are introduced by Shakespeare to highlight the fact that Romeo and Juliet's love is the real thing; it shows that it isn't courtly love or just sexual love but something really deep and special. ...read more.

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When Capulet's wife speaks to him in an attempt to calm him he ignores her and when the nurse intervenes he speaks to her the same way he speaks to Juliet calling her a mumbling fool. Capulet is more of the power of the house rather than a father figure to Juliet, her mother is closer to Juliet than he but is still not much of a caring, loving mother. The nurse however acts as the parental leading role in Juliet's life as she has basically raised her alone and as a result, Capulet treats the nurse and Juliet the same. This lack of love from Juliet's father probably adds to her love for Romeo, her father doesn't show her love much and as a result she finds the love of Romeo new and exciting, even fatherly as well as having a passionate and sexual side to their relationship. The feud between the Capulet and Montague families affects the love of Romeo and Juliet greatly because if there was no feud their relationship could be out in the open but instead they have to keep their love secret. In a way it makes their relationship more exciting as it involves a lot of sneaking around and secrecy but in the end the family feud did lead to Romeo and Juliet taking their lives. The last love representation is sexual love; one example of this is the conversation between Sampson and Gregory, servants of the Capulet household. ...read more.

Conclusion

(act 3 sc 2 20). She also uses effective alliteration, which adds to the poetry of her words, for example, "As Phaeton would whip you to the west," (act 3 sc 2 3). She talks of how tedious the day is, and how she's wishes it would go away she likens this to how a child awaits a festival so he may wear his new robes. Juliet knows that the night is going to be special and as an honour to the night she asks that when Romeo dies they should cut him out in little stars and then everyone will love the night. It is obvious by Juliet's language that she feeling quite excited; she is also feeling very deeply and passionately for Romeo as she awaits him. She knows that the are going to consummate their marriage tonight and although she knows that its only a small part of their relationship and not the main essence she's still anticipating it, that's probably another reason why she wants night to come as she says, "Spread thy close curtain, love-performing night." (act 3 sc 2 5). The various types of love in Romeo and Juliet represent, highlight and contrast with the deep, innocent, passionate, tragically real love that Romeo and Juliet share for each other. The different types of love, (courtly, family and sexual) show the opposite of what Romeo and Juliet's love is about. Maybe with the exception of sexual love as they do have sex but its consummating their marriage, very passionate and innocence, nothing like the bawdy jokes and coarse jests about love made by other characters. ...read more.

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