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Romeo & Juliet

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Introduction

Romeo & Juliet The play 'Romeo and Juliet' presents true love in the form of 'star-crossed lovers' and just as their love is shown as eternal, the play itself has endured for years. There have been many adaptations of the play in the forms of books, films, ballets and plays. The words 'Romeo and Juliet' create images associated with true love but the play explores many views of 'love'. Each character in the play has a different personality and view on life, so they see 'love' in their own clear way, adding a clear contrast to Romeo and Juliet's first love, which is true and pure. The play 'Romeo and Juliet' is the story of true love and dedication and it is unexpected that the first reference to relationships in the play is all about sex. Sampson and Gregory are the first two characters that the audience are introduced to. They are offensive and common, making many sexual references and suggestions. They do not see love as involving emotions or desires, but as a purely physical thing, sexual not emotional. Sampson refers to women as "weaker vessels" and tells of how he will rape the maids of the Montague household. ...read more.

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At the end of the play, we see him trying to persuade Juliet not to kill herself and then when she has he explains to everyone why he married them. Juliet and her mother, Lady Capulet, don't have a close relationship. In the first act, Juliet feels that she must please her mother by obeying her every wish. As the play moves on, we see that Lady Capulet has clear ideas of what she considers best for her daughter. Lady Capulet describes Paris as 'valiant' and tells Juliet that all his love needs is a cover the cover will be her. She seems less interested about whether the couple will love each other, more concerned with how suitable he is. Paris is the man whom Capulet wants Juliet to marry. Paris explains his feelings for Juliet to Capulet. It seems that Paris does love Juliet because when Romeo kills him he asks to be put in her tomb. He has genuine emotions for Juliet and is devastated when she 'dies'. Paris is a good man who would be kind to Juliet but she doesn't love him. Juliet's father seems to think that she would be happy with Paris. ...read more.

Conclusion

Romeo became depressed when he realised that Rosaline didn't love him. Romeo does not talk to his parents about his feelings. He confides in Mercutio and Benvolio but never tells his parents how he feels. As he falls deeper in love with Juliet, he grows happier. With Juliet, he risks his life to see her. Romeo and Juliet share a physical, passionate love as well as emotional love. The first night that they meet they do not want to leave each other. This is in the famous 'Balcony Scene'. Romeo risks his life to see Juliet by climbing the walls of the Capulet estate. He then stands beneath her window waiting to see her. The couple share a night together when they are married and in the morning, they do not want to leave each other. Romeo and Juliet defy their parents by marrying behind their backs, proving their love for one another. However, the most important declaration of their love is when the lovers make the ultimate sacrifice, their own lives. Shakespeare's presentation of 'love' in the play 'Romeo and Juliet' varies. Some characters think only of sex, others demonstrate a form of love with their children, but the one true, pure love is that of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet share a special bond together that will never be lost. They make the greatest sacrifice for each other and this proves their love. ...read more.

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