• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Romeo and Juliet is a play based mainly around the theme of love. This theme is good 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 in.

Extracts from this document...


Romeo and Juliet is a play based mainly around the theme of love. This theme is good 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 in. Love also makes the story interesting to an audience of Shakespeare's time; also to audiences of more modern times as people are still enjoying his work to this day. This shows his ability as a playwright was very good. Love is particularly important in this play though as it runs all the way through; this allows many different aspects of love to be explored such as, the relationship between Romeo and Juliet which is an exciting new love relationship. On the other hand Shakespeare also shows that love can be cruel when Juliet's parents are trying to get her to marry Paris against her will, they want her to marry for security. An audience in Shakespeare's time would of been able to relate to this more than a more modern one, because in those days arranged marriages were much more common. ...read more.


On the other hand Juliet seems more cautious when falling in love she doesn't jump into things, she takes her time, "Go ask his name," Juliet asks the nurse to ask Romeo his name as he is leaving the party. This might mean that as she wants to know his name she also wants to know more about him before she makes any long term decisions. This shows the audience that she is more careful than Romeo and isn't controlled by her emotions. Juliet's Relations ship with her nurse shows another form of love because the she cares for Juliet as the daughter she never had. Shakespeare creates many different relationships that make it easy to explore the Theme of love because he has many emotions flying round. One of these relationships is Romeo and friar Lawrence's. Romeo doesn't seem to be able to talk to his parents and relies on the friar for advise and as someone to confide in, almost like a father figure. ...read more.


Personification is used in the prologue in Act two, "Desire doth in his death-bed lie" describing desire as if it were a person, that has died, emphasises that Romeo's desire for Rosaline has died. It is also a more powerful way of writing Romeo doesn't like Rosaline anymore, it shows that his love for her is completely gone. The different types of love Shakespeare explores in this play are: Love between two lovers, like Romeo and Juliet; love between enemies, like Romeo and Tybalt and love between family members, like Juliet and Lord Capulet. The theme of love makes the play have antithesis all the way through because, the tragedy is mixed with the love story throughout all the play. I think the play has become a classic love story known across the world because, Shakespeare wrote it in a way that people can enjoy it in their own individual way. Each different person can interpret the images Shakespeare created, in their own minds and everyone could get different images. I think Shakespeare is trying to say that love is unpredictable and very complicated and can't be controlled, also that it can be good and bad. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. Was Shakespeare a good dramatist?

    Turn thee, Benvolio, look upon thy death.' Tybalt is saying 'What, is your sword drawn among these servants who lack courage?' Tybalt wants to fight with Benvolio, but Benvolio replies, 'I do but keep the peace. Put up thy sword, or manage it to part these men with me.'

  2. "Here's much to do with hate, but more with love." Consider the two themes ...

    This murder causes Romeo to be banished from Verona and separated from his love, Juliet. It is hate, which causes Romeo to kill Tybalt and which splits the two lovers apart. In Act three, scene five, Capulet tells Juliet that she is to marry Paris in a few days, however,

  1. How does Shakespeare explore the theme of Love in his play Romeo and Juliet?

    "She hath, and in that sparing makes huge waste, For beauty starve with her severity". Later, Romeo goes to a party (hosted by the Capulet family, enemies to his own) in the hope of meeting her. Romeo spends his time, not looking for Rosaline (which was his main objective).

  2. Romeo and Juliet - What different types of love are represented in the play, ...

    / The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand, / And touch hers, make blessed my rude hand. / Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! / For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night" (Act 1 Scene 5 Lines 43-52).

  1. didn't think I would ever fall in love, come to think of it I ...

    I tried to focus on the film but no matter how hard I tried I couldn't, my thoughts just kept on taking over my mind. Dre yawned and put his arm around me, I turned ma head to see him smiling at me, and I smiled back and pretended to be focused on the film.

  2. 'Romeo and Juliet' is a play about love and hate. How does Shakespeare introduce ...

    Then there is Tybalt's irrational hate for 'Hell, all Montagues and thee [Mercutio]' and Romeo's lust for vengeance for the death of his friend. The extremes of love and hate in the play would be unlikely to occur today, of course.

  1. Romeo says 'here's much to do with hate but more with love' - Romeo ...

    This must of been devistating for Romeo because his wife who he only married twenty four hours ago will never see him again and he must of deeply hurt. Romeo killing Tybalt will make the 2ancient grudge" ever so more hatefull and bigger becuase Tybalt was a very important member

  2. Romeo and Juliet - The Contrast of Love and Hate

    Romeo's begins to use religious imagery from this point on in the play. He begins by describing Juliet as a holy shrine. Romeo begins to move towards a more spiritual contemplation of love as he moves away from the overblown, overacted imagery of his love for Rosaline.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work