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Romeo and Juliet - Brotherly love.

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Romeo and Juliet ellie whidden Brotherly love Throughout the play 'Romeo and Juliet', characters depend on one another as a source of support and love. One prime example of this is of Juliet and her nurse. This type of love is also featured at the beginning of the play between Romeo and his cousin, Benvolio. Throughout the beginning of Act 1 Scene 1 both Lord and Lady Montague (Romeo's Parents) and Benvolio show concern toward how Romeo has been behaving. They describe him as being 'tearful' and 'unsociable'. Benvolio then shows himself as a close, sensitive friend to Romeo. He talks to Romeo sympathetically even though he has been pushed away by him. He displays care and support which could be classed as 'Brotherly love'. These actions between two people do not stop there as the same happens between Mercutio and Romeo in Act 2 Scene 4, Mercutio says to Romeo: 'Why is not this better now than groaning for love, thou art sociable, thou art Romeo, for this drivelling love is like a great natural.' ...read more.


(Act 2 Scene 2 line 118-119) This technique is so effective that Shakespeare uses it throughout 'Romeo and Juliet'. Elizabethan life Shakespeare was born and grew up during the Elizabethan times. Religion, money and wealth played a strong part in life in this era. In Shakespeare's plays he reflects heavily on Elizabethan values in showing love and marriage to be the main focus of women's life. Girls as young as 12 were encouraged to marry for Wealth and Status as opposed to love. According to an Elizabethan text it says: 'It is generally considered foolish to marry for love, although love may occur in marriage.' Elizabethan Life- Throughout the Ages The idea of arranged marriages was very popular during this time and this topic is featured in Romeo and Juliet. Juliet's parents, Lord and Lady Capulet, are approached by, Paris, a suitable husband for their daughter. ...read more.


Sonnets In 'Romeo and Juliet' Shakespeare uses different types of language technique to create an emotion. A prime example of this is when the two lovers, Romeo and Juliet, meet for the very first time. They share a 14 line sonnet. In this sonnet there is religious imagery: Which mannerly devotion shows in this, For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch, And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss. (Act 1 Scene 5 lines 97-99) Here Romeo and Juliet use religious icons to express their love for each other and through mirroring the love between a pilgrim and a saint they are in reality talking about themselves. One of the reasons why Shakespeare has used this sonnet in the first meeting, between Romeo and Juliet is to emphasise their mutual feeling of 'love at first sight'. It brings both rhythm and elegance to the text. By including sonnets in his text, Shakespeare is able to enhance and beatify the emotion. ...read more.

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