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What does Shakespeare have to say about the theme of love in Romeo and Juliet, with particular reference to Act 1 Scene 5? Romeo and Juliet was written by William Shakespeare in 1597. In this essay I shall be writing about what Shakespeare has to say about the theme of love in Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet is a play mainly based in the theme of love. This theme is fantastic for building a play around because if there is love then you can have hate to contrast it, and many other emotions can be brought into it. Firstly this is one of his famous tragic and romance plays; with the plot concerning two opposing families and 'two star crossed lovers'. The first prologue sonnet introduces the play and through its description of Romeo and Juliet's eventual death, it also helps to create the sense of fate that infuses Romeo and Juliet. In this play, Shakespeare explores the complexity of their young love and the consequences they have received from their actions. Romeo is from the Montague family where as his lover Juliet is from the Capulet family. Both of these families are each others sworn enemies. The dispute between the Capulets and the Montagues had been passed down through the generations. ...read more.

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Also, Shakespeare uses hyperbole, which shows that he is trying to exaggerate to shows how incredibly pure and beautiful Juliet is. Also, Romeo suggests that Juliet is the most beautiful human being that stands out from everyone else. Romeo represents a jewel as Juliet by saying, 'As rich as a jewel in an Ethiops ear'. In Shakespeare's time, an ethiop is what was used to call a black African, plus a jewel is shiny. Shakespeare emphasizes this to illustrate how much Juliet would stand out. Another example, is in Act 2 scene 2, in the balcony scene. Romeo connects Juliet with sunlight by saying, 'It is the east and Juliet is the sun' which tells us that the stars would be shamed by the brightness of her face. Going back to Act 1 scene 5, Romeo says 'Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear: So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows, as yonder lady o'er her fellows shows' meaning that Juliet's beauty is too good for this world; she's too beautiful to die and to be buried. She outshines the other women like a white dove in the middle of a crowd of crows. The doves represent peace and light as for the crows, they represent death and darkness. ...read more.

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By carrying on with this strong feeling, it also suggests the danger ahead of hurting someone else (their own families). Shakespeare tells us many things about love for instance it is a beautiful feeling that can happen to you when you are in love, but the most important point Shakespeare is telling us is how dangerous love can be when you experience it. It also shows the love shown amongst the family, as the case is between the cousins Benvolio and Romeo, who obviously care for one another. Shakespeare even uses Tybalt and Mercutio to show us the different types of love, Tybalt and Mercutio are like a ying-yang, completely opposite of white and black, Tybalt is hot tempered and belligerent and Mercutio is calm and very caring. They each have that same kind of feeling inside that keeps them each from comprehending the true love between Romeo and Juliet. Tybalt causes conflict by picking a fight with Mercutio in the street. This led to the death of each character, but Tybalt provoked Mercutio, which led to his death and then Tybalt's death by Romeo. Shakespeare uses the tragic play of Romeo and Juliet as an example of what love can do to you. Overall, Shakespeare is telling us an important lesson, with the purpose of when you experience love control it, do not let love control you. ?? ?? ?? ?? Steve Ramos 10 GVE English coursework Ms Kennedy ...read more.

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