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Romeo and JUliet

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Introduction I am writing an essay of how Shakespeare explores different types of love in Romeo and Juliet and then how they are similar to liturgy heritage poems. I also look at a poem by Elizabeth Benet browning that is a poem that has the same structure as Shakespeare sonnets. In Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare portrays many different types of love, as it is the most important theme in the play, and appears in many contrasting forms. Love is depicted in different ways by different characters, figurative language and imagery. In the beginning of the play Romeo's love for Rosaline is unrequited which means it isn't returned and is build on lust and infatuation and is therefore unrequited. Mercutio and Tybalt have a very strong filial love which is love for their families and their fighting reputation is driven by this hatred. The true love between Romeo and Juliet shows that lovers are not interchangeable and that love transcends appearance. The love between Capulet and lady Capulet is forced love and is over possession and money. The nurse is constantly making bawdy comments and see's love a sexual and marriage. First type of love we see is Romeo's unrequited love for Rosaline. At the start of the play in act one; Romeo is in love with a woman called Rosaline. ...read more.

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I am going to look at how Juliet defines love. At the beginning of the play act one Juliet is experiencing filial love for her family. Juliet is seen as a quiet and obedient girl, when she asked about marriage she says 'it is an honour is dream not of'. So this suggests that Juliet is not in love with anyone and has never thought about marriage. She doesn't want to contradict her mother. So, she doesn't say no. In today's society the daughters would protest more and get their ideas across. She is different from Romeo because she doesn't fall in love instantly 'if looking liking move' instead she takes things slowly. The modern society would react differently because the parents no longer select the partner for their daughters. The audience will feel sympathy for what Juliet has to go through. In Shakespearean times arranged marriage was accepted a lot. In act 2 the balcony scene is very famous; Romeo and Juliet really got to know each other. Romeo comes in the scene and says 'light through window breaks' this quotation links to sonnet 43 'by sun and candle light' and Shakespeare is repeating the light imagery. Juliet is on the balcony and is saying how she wishes her lover was not her enemy. ...read more.

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Come, go, good Juliet I dare no longer stay'. The nurse is a witty and very talkative character. The nurse's type of love is the type of love that refers to physical and sexual form of love. The nurse and Juliet's relationship is like the ones of mother daughter. She has a very bawdy sense of humour 'go, girl, seek happy night to happy days' the nurse is giving Juliet some advice to meet other boy and get experience before she see's Paris. Also when she says 'why, he's a man of wax' she is referring to a man of striking beauty, or a man with no imperfections. This sexual views of love added depth to the theme of love in the play. Shakespeare created characters to fill in stereotypes like the nurse being a comical character to add humour to serious parts of the play. A modern audience might be shocked at the way Lord Capulet treats Juliet. In Shakespearean times, it was important for the upper class to marry members of the same class so as to maintain the same status. Therefore, when Lord Capulet threatened to kick Juliet out of his house when she refused to marry the County Paris, it would have seemed reasonable in Shakespearean times. Nowadays, marriage between different classes is no longer such an issue, so a modern audience would not understand Capulet's view. ...read more.

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