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Romeo And Juliet Essay 'Examine the different views of love presented in Romeo and Juliet. In what way is the play about love in a richer sense than we might suppose?' "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare is a mixture of tragedy and love. Most often, love can be seen as affection between a man and women. This play's plot is about Romeo and Juliet's love affair; however this romantic love is not the only type of love present. In the beginning of the play, Romeo has not yet met Juliet and he is in love with someone else, Rosaline. Looking at the language Shakespeare has used, such as rhyming couplets and oxymoron, and how he has portrayed this love through the eyes of Romeo, the modern day audience might see this love as somewhat artificial and his reactions as exaggerated and immature. However, an Elizabethan audience would have seen this differently, and they would have picked up that Shakespeare is using the tradition of Courtly Love. This form of love was very popular during the Elizabethan period, and it is still seen as the 'religion of love', whereby the lover has to be in great pain to seek recognition from the loved one who is often unattainable. One could say that Romeo is in love with the idea of love rather than Rosaline herself, and this is part of the idea of courtly love. ...read more.


even though she knows that Juliet is already married to Romeo in Act 3 scene 5, she advises Juliet to forget Romeo and marry Paris when Capulet demands it. When Romeo and Juliet experience conflicting feelings of love, neither of them can turn to their own family for support. After marrying Juliet, Romeo is confronted by Tybalt, Juliet's cousin, who wants to fight him. Shakespeare's use of dramatic irony can clearly be seen by the audience who know that Romeo is already married to Juliet, but none of the other characters in this scene know about it. Romeo, remembering what the Prince has said about further trouble, does not want to fight, and he is torn between the need to uphold his family honour and his love for Juliet. Romeo decides that his love for Juliet is greater, and he tells Tybalt: ...I never injured thee, But love thee better than thou canst devise, Till thou shalt know the reason of my love; And so, good Capulet, which name I tender As dearly as mine own, be satisfied. He tells Tybalt that he values the Capulet name just as his own, but Tybalt cannot understand the reason for this, of course. Only after Mercutio has been killed by Tybalt, Romeo's anger suddenly blinds him, and he feels he is forced to fight, slaying Tybalt. Romeo realises his mistake too late, 'O, I am fortune' fool,' but there is nothing to un-do the damage done. ...read more.


After the couple has died Capulet chooses to 'raise her statue in pure gold'. Lord Montague chooses to put Romeo's statue next to Capulet's of Juliet. This shows that Capulet still sees Juliet as a possession; he chooses to remember her as a material. Montague also chooses to remember Romeo through materials. Although the play ends in a tragedy, something good comes out of Romeo and Juliet's deaths. Throughout the play the audience is reminded that the Capulets and Montagues are sworn enemies, but the 'ancient grudge' dies along with the young couple. Capulet realises how destructive the feud has become and ends it, 'O brother Montague, give me thy hand'. The audience then realises that the deaths of Romeo and Juliet have served a purpose and that healing love can overcome even the most destructive feuds. Shakespeare expands on the theme of love greatly and, in his play, he shows us many different types and elements of love, many more than an average audience would perhaps expect when going to see a tragedy focused on the love between two teenagers. Shakespeare also shows us each type of love effectively, not fearing to unveil the sexual side of love as well as the spiritual one, and with the many kinds of love on offer, everyone in the audience can therefore find a love that they can identify themselves with and respond to. This makes Romeo and Juliet a universally accessible play that will retain its popularity for many years to come. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Vikram Bakshi 10W ...read more.

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