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The Different Views of Love Portrayed in Romeo and Juliet

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COURSEWORK - The Different Views of Love Portrayed in Romeo and Juliet The play "Romeo and Juliet" presents true love in the form of "star-crossed lovers". The words "Romeo and Juliet" conjure up 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; therefore they perceive love in their own distinct way, adding a clear contrast to Romeo and Juliet's first love, which is true and pure. There are also some examples of potential to romance and they affect the ways that some characters interact with others and explain their actions. I plan to discuss whether these examples of true love affect the outcome of the play. The play "Romeo and Juliet" is the story of true love and devotion and it is therefore unexpected that the first reference to relationships in the play is all about sex. The first two characters that the audience is introduced to are Sampson and Gregory. They are vulgar and crude, making many sexual references and jokes. 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; "Women being ...read more.

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So the main demonstration of love that we see from him is towards his daughter. He is furious when Juliet defies him and is prepared to cast her out from his house! He does love his daughter but his reputation also depends on her behaviour. Capulet relies on his reputation greatly; if Montague were to have a greater reputation then he would be the leading family, something that Capulet does not want to happen. The focus of Capulet's attention is his daughter, Juliet. Juliet is only a child when she falls in love with Romeo. Her love for Romeo is true, pure and he is her first love. She loves him more than anything in the world, "My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee The more I have, for both are infinite." Juliet's love for Romeo is the love that people crave. She loves him infinitely and will do anything for him, even die. Her devastation is immense when her love, Romeo, is banished from Verona. Juliet tells her family that she is distraught due to the death of her cousin, Tybalt, but her grief is caused by her undying love. ...read more.

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It is not yet near day; It was the nightingale, and not the lark, That pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear; Nightly she sings on yond pomegranate tree. Believe me, love, it was the nightingale." These two young lovers defy their parents by marrying behind their backs, proving their love for one another. However the most definite affirmation of their love is when the two make the ultimate sacrifice, their own lives. This pair of "star-crossed lovers" experiences the most remarkable form of love in the play, true love. 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. Each character in the play provides a frame to their love, their attitudes contrasting with young lovers. Events such as the death of Romeo and Juliet would not have happened if other characters were not in love with someone in a way. For example, Capulet loves his reputation and believes that if Juliet marries Paris then his reputation will be boosted. However if he loved his daughter whole heartedly then he would see that she loves Rome only. 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. "Romeo: Thus with a kiss I die" ...read more.

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