• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7
  8. 8
  9. 9

Love In Romeo and Juliet

Extracts from this document...


"Romeo & Juliet" is a play about love, but this word means different things to different characters in the play, and for some, like Romeo, its meaning changes as the play progresses. Discuss the theme of love in "Romeo & Juliet" and examine the different attitudes towards love that the characters have. Shakespeare's play "Romeo & Juliet" centres on many themes such as fate and death. But the theme of love takes centre stage as we see many different forms of love develop morph and blossom during the play. All the different characters have their own views and attitudes towards love and we see these ideas conflict, contrast and mature. Set in "fair Verona" where we see this exotic, romantic love flourish in which impetuous passion shown by all the characters leads to a swift and sharp pace throughout the play. Elizabethan audiences would have loved the bawdy and violent nature of this play and would have revelled in the poetic, stellar language used by these two "star-crossed" lovers during the play. In this play we see a variety of attitudes towards love such as Romeo's poetic, romantic, melancholy view, which contrasts greatly with the attitudes of Mercutio and the nurse for example, who have an extremely physical and superficial view of love. Upon examining Romeo's attitude towards love I have discovered a young, fiery, passionate and poetic man. From the very first time we meet him he believes he is in love with Rosaline and uses extremely poetic language to describe this, phrases such as "love is a smoke made with the fire of sighs". I get two impressions from this quote. One is that he almost enjoys the melancholy involved with unrequited love, due to the use of "sighs" and the second is that this love is merely created to fix his need for melancholy. This gives him an outlet into which he likes to play intellectually with words and likes to test his own literary skills, often he uses oxy-morons to further these literary skills such as "brawling love" and "loving hate". ...read more.


Juliet's attitude towards love is a lot like Romeo's. They both have the same undying unflinching love that is powered by the two characters impetuous passion that is so strong it leads to deaths throughout the play. But Juliet's character means that her love is portrayed in a different way to all the other characters in the play. Her practicality means that she appears more self-assured and confident than Romeo. Also, she appears a lot more realistic but there are glimpses of her romantic feelings throughout the play and at times her language seems to be even more beautiful and poetic than Romeo's is, for example "My bounty is boundless as the sea, my love is as deep". In contrast to other characters, she shares none of the same values of her parents especially her father, as he wants to marry her into a marriage of convenience, just like him. The nurse brought up Juliet. She is a very important character in this play for many reasons. She has a very bawdy and coarse character that often makes sexual jokes. This is shown on a number of occasions, such as "Thou wilt fall backward when thou hast more wit." This bawdy nature of the nurse is important because she creates comic relief throughout this tragedy, which would have been greatly appreciated especially in the Elizabethan period. Another reason of her importance is that she provides a friendship for Juliet and a character that Juliet confides in. But the nurse's actual view of love is extremely different to Romeo and Juliet as she has an extremely materialistic view of love and also a very physical view that is similar to Mercutio's perspective. This bawdy nature that I have continually mentioned is shown throughout the play such as "No less, nay bigger; women grow by men." This is a play on words that means that women grow in stature once married but also grow in size due to pregnancy. ...read more.


She finds it impossible to talk to her daughter alone and needs the nurse to be present to have any interaction with Juliet whatsoever. This is shown when Lady Capulet tells Juliet of the proposed marriage to Paris the first time, before she has met Romeo. She is a huge contrast to Juliet who is full of passion, resolute, and totally emotionally driven. After studying all the most influential characters, we can see that Shakespeare has included a wide variety of views and aspects of love in this play that creates the atmosphere in our exotic setting, for the most fabled love story of all time. Aswell as romantic and sexual love we witness love shown between family and friends, we see a holy, Christian love that is portrayed by friar Lawrence, this again inter links with the Elizabethan period as religion was an extremely important part of life during that time. So as we can clearly see, the characters harbour different perspectives and ideas of love. The characters grow and develop during the play and so the theme of love becomes extremely diverse and complex as the contrasting perspectives set a passionate, fiery, swift, sharp atmosphere. During the hot days and moonlit nights our characters seem to learn their ideas of love, using passion, instinct and loyalty as their textbook. This play has been adapted over time into books, theatre, films and even ballets. This is due to the fact that this play captures the essence of human beings. It includes every main aspect of our lives, their lives and the lives of people to come. The main themes; death, fate, hate, friendship, family, happiness and love combine for a mixture that will touch the hearts of every reader or member of an audience. This play has many themes but love takes centre stage, and we get to witness the most beautiful form of love; the love of Romeo and Juliet. They make the greatest sacrifice for each other and that is the greatest proof of their love. "Romeo: Thus with a kiss I die" ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. Discuss the different types of love shown in romeo and juliet.

    but I also think that Lady Capulet means that if her daughter does not marry Paris then Lady Capulet will not get to share in his families riches and honour. This apparent sadness I also find suspicious as a few days ago Juliet's parents had been willing to throw her out onto the streets.

  2. Views of love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

    (I, i, 153-154) Besides, Montague shows more respect to his wife, whom he entitles with 'madam' (I, i, 158) when he is talking to her, than Capulet who addresses Lady Capulet only with 'wife' all the time (e.g. in III, iv, 15; 32).

  1. The nurse is an extremely popular character with audiences of Romeo & Juliet how ...

    The contract between the nurse and Lady Capulet illustrates the formality of Lady Capulet who refers to Juliet as 'daughter'. Juliet's nurse is popular, entertaining and funny as is shown by her words to Juliet when discussing Juliet's early years.

  2. Discuss the different attitudes to love revealed in Romeo and Juliet - Examine the ...

    "And yet I warrant it had upon it brow A bump as big as a young cock'rel's stone, A perilous knock, and it cried bitterly. `Yea', quoth my husband, `fall'st upon thy face? Thou wilt fall backward when thou comest to age, Wilt thou not, Jule?

  1. didn't think I would ever fall in love, come to think of it I ...

    she asked giving me a friendly smile. "Sure" I said returning the smile "Nice to meet you" they all said I smiled at them. "So what school were you in before?" asked Chenelle "Douglas High" I said taking a bite out of my chicken sandwich "Douglas High, Douglas High, Douglas High.

  2. Shakespheres Romeo and Juliet has many facets. One of the most prominent is the ...

    In Act 1 scene 1 Shakesphere creates an atmosphere of conflict, tension and violence. 'A dog of the house of Montague moves me,' (1,1,7). This tells the audience that Sampson and Gregory are servants to the Capulet's because they insult the Montagues.

  1. Amongst other things, 'Romeo and Juliet' gives us a clear picture of the attitudes ...

    We also learn from Act one Scene two that Juliet's mother went along much the same path, as Juliet should. 'I was your mother much upon these years' - this quote shows that Lady Capulet must have been married at a similar time to which they want Juliet to be.

  2. What do we learn of Elizabethan views of love and marriage from reading Romeo ...

    This may or may not have appealed to people in an Elizabethan audience, but this sexually aggressive and bawdy language would have certainly entertained many of the poor or less well off people, especially the servants who most likely would have been extremely familiar with this use of language.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work