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Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy, by William Shakespeare, based on the theme of love.

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Romeo and Juliet Essay Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy, by William Shakespeare, based on the theme of love. This love is presented in many different manifestations such as infatuation and unrequited love. This play is carefully written to show desires, emotions and family life. To the start of the play Romeo is talking of how his love has been 'vexed' he describes love as being a 'wise madness' a 'deadly poison' and a 'healing medicine'. This type of love he is describing in unrequited love, a love that is not returned, in this case it is not returned by Rosaline whom Romeo believes he is in love with. This love is contrasting to a situation coming about in the Capulet family, Paris 'loves' Juliet but his love is not returned. William Shakespeare uses his language and words carefully. Sampson and Gregory talk of sex in a crude nature and speak of women as subordinate. The feuding has turned their minds so much that they would even rape the Montague women. ...read more.

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Romeo proves he is not listening to anyone including himself when friar Lawrence tells him, 'by doing damned hate upon thyself' meaning if you kill yourself you will be damned, yet Romeo at the end goes ahead and commits suicide. Juliet seems anxious with impatience for her love, she also seems to want what she can't have. Juliet too uses oxymoron's to describe a side of Romeo she never knew 'beautiful tyrant, fiend angelical, dove-feathered raven and wolfish-ravening lamb' Romeo does this earlier to describe love. Her views on love seemed to be summed up in one paragraph, when she talks of when Romeo will come, she only talks of what they will do, she does not talk of love only sex, 'thou sober-suited matron .... Upon a ravens back' this could show she still sees love in an immature way and so therefore does not know what love is. William Shakespeare writes Romeo as falling for Juliet by just looking at her; this could indicate that their love is not real 'did my heart know love....sight'. ...read more.

Conclusion

This love is shown more in actions than words, Juliet puts up with the scorn and trouble her parents are making for her just to be with her Romeo, it shows a strong character that she manages to not let her parents overcome her. She also puts herself on the line by going to meet Romeo at Friar Lawrence's chapel. A lie to her parent's means serious trouble, but she is willing to risk it to see Romeo. Romeo himself puts his life on the line for Juliet when they first meet he does not shy away to the fact she is a Capulet and when the party is over climbs over the walls to see if she loves him, if he had of been caught he would have been killed 'The orchard walls are high and hard to climb.... find thee here.' Still undoubtedly the most awe inspiring act of love is that they die for each other. They cannot live without the other and would rather not exist if it meant never seeing their lover again. This I must say is true love. By Jessica Thomas ...read more.

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