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The Aspects and Perceptions of 'Love' in "Romeo and Juliet"

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The Aspects and Perceptions of 'Love' in "Romeo and Juliet" "Romeo and Juliet" is a love story written by William Shakespeare over 500 years ago. It is a story about two lovers trying their best to keep their romance a secret. In the play there are many aspects and perceptions of love made by a variety of different people. Romeo is truly in love with Juliet, unlike when he claimed that he loved Rosaline; this was not a genuine love, more of a 'crush' that only lasted a matter of days. This can be seen when he talks with Friar Lawrence. "Thou chid'st me oft for loving Rosaline" (Act 2 Scene 4) Even though this is the case Romeo felt shocked and heart broken when he found out that Rosaline did not love him and that she was never planning to get married. Romeo used oxymoron's in his speech to show his hatred. Oxymoron's were commonly used in love poetry, as love is combined of two opposite emotions. But here it shows the hatred between the two families. "O any thing of nothing first create!"(Act 1 Scene 1) "O heavy lightness, serious vanity" (Act 1 Scene 1) After he started to see Juliet there was a noticeable difference in the mood of Romeo. He became much more open and friendly towards others, especially towards the Capulet household, but this did not last. ...read more.

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The Nurse has a totally different view on love; it seems she has never experienced true love, even though she is married. The Nurse sees' a very different attitude to love than to Romeo and Juliet. She sees it as a minor importance, but when finds out the deal between Romeo and Juliet she tries her best to be happy for Juliet and to show a great interest. When confronting Juliet on the matter she tends to stray from the subject and talk about one of her 'amusing' stories, usually about her husband, "And yet I warrant it had upon it brow A bump as big as a young cock'rel's stone, A perilous knock, and it cried bitterly" Nurse is kind towards Juliet, when Juliet asks her to do something, she does it with no problems, but usually she does come back to it later on and feel sorry for herself. It shows that the Nurse is loved by Juliet so much that she was the only person who knew about the wedding, outside of Romeo and Juliet, except Friar Lawrence, this shows a great amount of trust towards The Nurse. Friar Lawrence is a close friend to Romeo. He helps him out in times of need. The Friar agreed to marry the couple, but only because he thought that the marriage would bring the households together in love, and not hatred, "In ...read more.

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This could be because he was not satisfied with his own marriage and he didn't want Juliet to make the same mistake. This could mean that Capulet does not love his wife and does not know what Juliet was going through. Samson and Gregory, although may be minor characters in the play, played quite a big role in showing views about love. They were rude, vulgar and only respected themselves. They showed quite clearly that they did not respect the true meaning of love. They only looked at physical love and sex. They saw women as the weaker sex and thought that they had no rights. Sampson shows his hatred for the Monagues and gives evidence that he believes in the points that are mentioned above. "Women being the weaker vessels are ever thrust to the wall" "I will push Montague's men from the wall and thrust his maids to the wall" Sampson and Gregory is the type of people that kept the thought of the 'weaker sex' alive for longer than it should have been. They see women of objects that have no feelings. There are many different views of love in "Romeo and Juliet". Each character provides their own thought weather it was good or bad. It is obvious that most the people in the play never even experienced true love. Romeo and Juliet share the same views of love, which is why they made such a successful couple. Graham Conner 10c Miss Kitson ...read more.

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