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Romeo and Juliet - Love.

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Romeo and Juliet - Love The play 'Romeo And Juliet' by William Shakespeare deals largely with the theme of love. Throughout the play, many different aspects of love are conveyed effectively. At the beginning of the play we are introduced to love being conveyed in the sense of infatuation which is evident in the character of Romeo. In act one scene one Romeo is wandering the streets of Verona aimlessly with many thoughts of Rosaline - whom he believes he loves. Romeo speaks of Rosaline and proclaims his 'love' with conventional love poetry: "Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes" This suggests that he is only using thoughts from his mind and reciting someone else's feelings instead of proclaiming the way he feels about Rosaline by speaking 'from the heart'. By using this poetry Romeo is showing signs of immaturity which is also evident in his actions as he hides away from the world around him by remaining in his room all day and refusing to see any family or friends. ...read more.


Mercutio is a joker and a prankster. He, like the Nurse, sees love as means for sexual gratification and constantly makes sexual innuendoes. He has never experienced passionate love to understand true passion. Love is also portrayed as being a business transaction. When Capulet and Paris meet to talk about Juliet, Paris requests that he have Juliet's hand in marriage to which Capulet happily complies. Capulet wants his daughter to marry Paris due to his considerable wealth and so it is clear that he has a certain admiration for Paris. The main example of love in the play is expressed between Romeo and Juliet as they share a strong passionate love between them. When Romeo sees Juliet for the first time he immediately begins to speak from his heart to talk of Juliet's beauty and we begin to notice immaturity fading: "She doth teach the torches to burn bright" "A rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear" "A snowy dove trooping with crows" In these lines Romeo uses light and dark imagery to describe how he feels about Juliet and to contrast her beauty to the surroundings. ...read more.


This conveys a strong bonding love between parent and child as she dies from grief. Romeo and Juliet's passion is heavily expressed in the final scene when Romeo discards all attributes of straight thinking to ignore his banishment from the city of Verona to return to his true loves' 'deathbed'. When Romeo kills himself and Juliet awakes, she is angry that Romeo has left any poison for her to commit suicide. Therefore she draws Romeo's dagger and stabs herself. Although this is tragic, it also shows the couples unconditional love for each other and how they cannot live without each other. For them to commit suicide is a major extremity as in Elizabethan ages it was believed that if one committed suicide they were doomed to spend eternity in hell. Love is a main theme throughout the play, but through the love there is the underlying destruction at the climax of the play. The reader knows that the relationship is doomed from the beginning of the play as it states in the prologue that they are "star- crossed lovers" which suggests that although they share undying love, fate will eventually consume them from life. ...read more.

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