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Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet How does Shakespeare present different types of love and different attitudes towards love? Romeo and Juliet is a play written by William Shakespeare. The play is about tragic love. Love, in the play, is presented in many different forms such as unrequited love, filial love, forbidden love, platonic love, romantic love and sexual love. The most important type of love that Shakespeare presented was true love. At the end of the play, true love ended the 'war' between the two families (the Capulets and the Montagues). The play also shows different attitudes towards love such as love is beautiful. In Act 1 Scene 1 Shakespeare presents unrequited love, 'Out of her honour, where I am in love' Romeo has just been heart broken by Rosaline, a girl whom he loved but she did not love him. After this heartbreak, his being against love and says that it's 'a choking gall,' this is a metaphor. He says this because love hurts, he also uses oxymoron such as 'brawling love' 'feather of lead', Romeo sees love as light and gentle but after he lost his love, he feels love is heavy, it's too much to bear. He has been hit with cupid's arrow, however, he says: 'She'll not be hit with Cupids arrow' 'she lives unharmed' so Rosaline will not be hit with cupid's arrow, she will be unharmed, whereas Romeo is already harmed by cupids arrow. In Act 1 Scene 2, Paris is asking to marry Juliet. He says: 'But now, my lord, what say you to my suit?' Capulet says that she is too young and still is 'a stranger in the world' Paris then says: 'Younger than she are happy mothers made' this shows that Paris is in a hurry to getting married, this could be because at that time people did not live long enough. However, Capulet then wants him to win her affection towards him, which shows that she can learn to love him; this is an attitude towards love. ...read more.

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Full moon, half moon) but to swear by something that does not change. She says this because she wants to know if Romeo is not lying to her and because she does not want him to become weak in love for her later because she really, really loves him. 'My bounty is as bondless as the sea, my love as deep, the more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite', this quote is said by Romeo, the more love he gives to Juliet, the more he gets back. The image of the sea is used to describe his love; the sea is endless, powerful, and deep. His love for Juliet is endless just as the sea is, and because the sea is powerful, so is his love and because the sea is deep so is his love for Juliet. Towards the end of the scene, Juliet wants to get married to him and wants to know when. Romeo goes to Friar Laurence; the love between Friar Laurence and Romeo is like a son and father love. They have an extremely tight bond and are willing to do anything for each other. The Friar constantly gives Romeo valuable advice, guides him with his wisdom, and acts as his voice of experience, his attitude towards love is to love moderately and that love can never last. Friar Laurence is in the play to support Romeo and he has a similarly eternal love for him. Romeo goes to the Friar to express his feelings of great joy from the newly found love of Juliet, but Friar Laurence does not believe this is true love because of the way Romeo loves someone else: 'So soon forsaken? Young men's love then lies, not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes'. Friar Laurence is optimistic by nature and sees Romeo and Juliet's marriage as a good way to bring peace between the Montagues and the Capulets, to solve the feud; this is why he decides to help them get married. ...read more.

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In the final scene of the play, Romeo goes to the grave where Juliet was lying. He finds out that he can be happy that his Juliet is still beautiful. He says to her, 'Thou art not conquered; beauty's ensign yet, is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks, and death's pale flag is not advanced there'. The colour in Juliet's face shows the forces of beauty. Looking again at Juliet, Romeo asks why she is still so beautiful, and thinks that perhaps death is in love with her and 'the lean abhorred monster keeps, Thee here in dark to be his paramour'. To prevent death from being Juliet's lover, Romeo will join her. He promises her, 'I still will stay with thee; And never from this palace of dim night, Depart again'. Then Romeo kisses Juliet and dies. Friar Laurence wakes up Juliet and she sees Romeo dead besides her, so she decides to stay. She sees a dagger next to Romeo and kills her self. Friar had to explain the full story to both the families. The love between the Nurse and Juliet is the same between Romeo and Juliet. The Nurse advises Juliet about her relations with Romeo. She was always happy for Juliet, and supported her relationship with the Montague openly. Romeo and Juliet is a play that has many themes. Love, has a major role in the play through Romeo and Juliet. I think Shakespeare really wanted his audience to believe that not all love stories end up as a happy ending; he maybe wanted them to see all the other types of love and attitudes towards love. In this play, they would have seen what true love is and maybe some of the audience may have changed their mind about arranged marriages. The side effects of forbidden love/true love is shown in this play such as Juliet being forced to marry Paris even when she said that she loves Romeo. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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