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The different aspects of love in Romeo and Juliet

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. Romeo and Juliet The different aspects of Love Romeo and Juliet was written for an Elizabethan audience in the late 16th century. Romeo and Juliet is a play about the different kinds of love yet there was a lot of cruelty and violence in the play with the problems and pleasures of friends and family. It is a tragedy play and only through their deaths can the conflict and enmity of the families be resolved. This shows how destiny and fate can change even the best of intentions within a short amount of time (five days). However, a critic of the play on the internet stated that Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare was not a love story as he felt a love story happened over a long period of time unlike five days in Romeo and Juliet and he also believed that the play was based more on violence. He said "You do not fall in love with someone and get married in a few days, it was not love it was lust." He also stated that "over half of the play is based on killing and was related to violence in some way or another." But there is no doubt that in the play different aspects of love namely courtly/petrachan, sexual, dutiful and true love are displayed. There is a element of sexual love at the start of the play as Sampson and Gregory banter regarding women and how they are only made to give pleasure to males like themselves. ...read more.

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However, Romeo fell in love straight away when he first saw Juliet and forgot about Rosaline ever since. In Act 2 Scene 3 Romeo tells Friar Lawrence about Juliet being the girl he loved now and how Rosaline is out of his life. He happily stated "With Rosaline, my ghostly father? No; I have forgot that name, and that name's woe". This shows that Romeo had forgotten about Rosaline and was not truly in love with her. It also showed that he was in love with the idea of love rather than the person. He described Rosaline as "chaos" and "heaviness" and describes Juliet as "brightness" and "light" in oxymorons. He uses religious language which shows devotion and worship towards to Juliet. As well as courtly love, true love between Romeo and Juliet is displayed in the play. They first meet when Romeo and a few of his friends arrive at the Capulet ball as Romeo wanted to see Rosaline even though they are Montagues (sworn enemies of the Capulets) and they were not invited to the extravagant ball which was designed for Capulets only (Act 1 scene 5). As Romeo enters in to the ballroom he gazes upon Juliet and slowly afterwards Juliet sees Romeo and they both fall in love at first sight. Romeo then described how he felt after looking at Juliet. He said "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright! ...read more.

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It is part of the nurse's duty to look after Juliet and with that duty she expresses her love to Juliet. In the end of Act 1 Scene 3 the nurse shows her love for Juliet by saying "Go, girl, seek happy nights to happy days". This shows that the nurse truly cares about Juliet and her future. Tybalt also shows this type of love for family honour. In Act 1 Scene 5 he witnesses Romeo, a Montague entering a Capulet Ball. He says "It fits when such a villain is a guest: I will not endure him". This shows that Tybalt was offended as a montague entered a Capulet Ball without permission. He feels family honour deeply and wants to defend it, hence the fight between him and Romeo. In Conclusion, there are many different types of love occurring throughout the play Romeo and Juliet. The sexual love shown by Sampson, Gregory, the Nurse and Mercutio. The courtly/petrachan love Romeo had for Rosaline. The family/dutiful love Paris has for Juliet and the true love between "the star crossed lovers" in Romeo and Juliet. In all of Shakespeare's tragedies. Conflict can only be resolved by the death of the protagonists which are Romeo and Juliet. It was definitely a famous and enduring love story set against the backdrop of violence. Shakespeare's message is that true love can overcome any problems and obstacles in any situation of life. This message is often repeated in Shakespeare's other poems and sonnets. ...read more.

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