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"Much to do with hate, but more to do with love" Consider Shakespeare's presentation of the theme of Romeo and Juliet with particular reference to character, language, setting and context.

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"Much to do with hate, but more to do with love" Consider Shakespeare's presentation of the theme of Romeo and Juliet with particular reference to character, language, setting and context. Love. The play Romeo and Juliet is based around love but, what is it? People always say their in love but how do they know? So many philosophers have tried to explain the word love, but what is it really? So were Romeo and Juliet ever in love with anyone? How do they show it? If not, how could they not be in love in the city of romance, Verona? The country of lovers, Italy? These are questions I asked myself when I read the play, watched the video and before I began this essay. So what is Love? The dictionary says Love is "A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness." ...read more.

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But Shakespeare makes a joke of how upper class children do not have a close relationship with their parents. The fact that the nurse had to be with her is like a Lawyer and there client, a business like relationship. However the nurse is more like a friend than a carer, telling her to sleep with men and have fun 'Go, girl, seek happy nights to happy days.' But in front of Lady Capulet, the nurse becomes a carer again, talking about breast-feeding and caring for her 'thou hadst suck'd wisdom from thy teat'. Whereas Romeo's feelings for Juliet are never certain, at first he is in love with Rosalind, he believes that if someone says they see someone more beautiful than Rosalind then they should be burnt a the stake for lying 'Transparent heretics, be burnt for liars'. Romeos words are inspired by the practice of burning witches and heretics at the stake; this was common at the time of Shakespeare. ...read more.

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Shakespeare also played with the language of the script, using the class difference of the audience to an advantage. This gave him an opportunity to make upper and lower class jokes as well as characters. The lower class characters, such as commoners or servants, speak in prose and use a lot of slang, to relate to the lower class audience. Using sexual jokes and un-rhyming verses, 'For Juliet's sake stand and rise.' Stand and rise is the nurse making a joke of Romeo because he should have had sex with her by now. The lower class would have loved this, a lower class character making a sex joke at an upper class character. Whereas the upper class characters speak in Blank-verse, using puns and soliloquies. This would have applied to upper class audience members who would understand these jokes more than the lower class. In general I felt that Romeo and Juliet had a moral to the story. The way that they both overcame their families hate for each other. The fact that they killed there selves shows there commitment and love for each other. ...read more.

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