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romeo and juliet Explore the theme of love in Romeo and Juliet

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"Romeo and Juliet" Explore the theme of love in Romeo and Juliet "Romeo and Juliet" is a famous play by Shakespeare. It is about a pair of "Star crossed lovers" who give their life to be with each other. Romeo, the tragic hero, is from the family of Montagues. On the other hand Juliet is from the family of Capulets. Montagues and Capulets have been sworn enemies for a long time. The two lovers give their lives for their families to be friends again. There are many themes in "Romeo and Juliet". Some of the themes are parenthood, tragedy, hatred, violence and love. The theme I will be focusing on is love. This is because there is several types of love in "Romeo and Juliet" another reason for this choice is because the theme of love can be seen throughout the play. The first type of love is romantic love, this is the love between Romeo and Juliet. Romantic love is seen throughout the play, in the beginning of the play Romeo was in love with Rosaline, this was also romantic love but not Romeos true love. Throughout the play we see that romantic love is not accomplished it is always incomplete. Romeo loves Rosaline but she does not lobe him back, and then Romeo falls in love with Juliet but they have to die for their love rather than being able to stay together. ...read more.


He says this when an offer of marriage has come to the family from a wealthy man named Paris. The love between Romeo and Juliet is true love as well. It is also Juliets first love. She meets him at the Capulet ball where they both fall in love with each other at first sight. During there meeting Juliet says to Romeo "and palm to palm is holy palm is holy palmers kiss" This is religious imagery. Before long the love between the two becomes so close that Juliet is ready to give up her family for him. "I'll no longer be a Capulet" She becomes so attached to her love that she says to him "Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow" Juliet is also loved by her nurse who plays a motherly role during this play. Although she had supported young Juliet throughout her life, she doesn't think it is correct to run away from the family that love her for a child whose family is an enemy to the Capulet family, so soon Juliet looses trusts on her and starts hiding secrets from her. Tybalt is a cousin to the Capulet family and loves to cause battles between the family and the Montagues. He is a troublemaker we know this because he says "Peace I hate the word as I hate all Montagues and thee" and is always up to mischief. ...read more.


During this play there are many similes and metaphors used to compare what each character is trying to say and attract the audiences attention. Juliet uses some metaphors such as "My grave is like to be my wedding bed" and "my only love sprung from my only hate". These are all to describe the relationships of her and her true love. Shakespeare has used monologues in all his play as an alternative to having a narrator. The idea of a monologue is that the person is telling there ideas as well as having a narration in the story. It is a good way to find out what the characters think to help us understand the play better. He also uses a sonnet in the beginning to set the scene. In Shakespeares time this the things that happened in the play would have never happened. Because they where used to arranged marriages and there was no concept of love marriages. There is great relevance to todays world as the story fits more into what happens around us nowadays. For example Muslims do not marry other religions or Roman Catholics do not marry Protestants. The performance of this play would have really got to the crowds because of the structure of the play. The audience would really be involved into the play as much as the characters. In theatres today the female roles are played by females but in Shakespeares time they would have been played by little boys as women where not allowed to act. ...read more.

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