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The Nature of Love in Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet essay: The Nature of Love in Romeo and Juliet In the play "Romeo and Juliet" the main theme of the play is love. There are many different kinds of love in "Romeo and Juliet". Nowadays we generally think of love as only being between lovers or family but in "Romeo and Juliet" there is also the love between friends and the idea of "courtly love" but there is the love of everyone by Friar Lawrence. At the start of the play in Act 1, Scene 1 after the fight the first concept of love is introduced. This love is the paternal love of a mother to her son, this occurs in Act 1, Scene 1, Line 110 "O where is Romeo? Saw you him today? Right glad I am he was not at this fray". After this Benvolio is talking to Romeo and the idea of "Courtly Love" is introduced. Courtly love is meant to be one person's love for another who is unattainable. In "Romeo and Juliet", Romeo is in love with Rosaline, which is a perfect example of courtly love because not only is Rosaline a Capulet we also learn that she has sworn to live chaste, which means she wants to stay a virgin to become a nun. ...read more.


In the next scene we come across another two types of love there is the love of Juliet by her mother and the nurse love of Juliet but then we come to the nurses idea of love which is a love that has not previously come up in the play which is that the nurse believes that love between a man and a woman is only about sex. We also see the love between Romeo and Mercutio when Romeo is acting depressed Mercutio tries to cheer him up and persuades Romeo to go to the Capulets party and Mercutio hopes that he will see another woman who will shake Romeos infatuation with Rosaline. The next form of love we come across is the love at first sight that Romeo feels when he see Juliet for the first time and he again uses fancy language to describe Juliet to the audience. Act 1, Scene 5, Line 43-52 O she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night As a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear- Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear: So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows, As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows. The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand, And touching hers, make blessed my rude hand. ...read more.


is ready to sacrifice everything even her name if Romeo swears to love her and we know also that Romeo loves her because he is willing to do the same. Another characteristic of true love that we see is in act 2 scene 2 when Romeos love for Juliet transcends all other consideration even the fact that if he is caught he will be killed. Another characteristic of true love is that it is reciprocal which is shown in Act 2 Scene 2 from line ten to the end of the scene. We see the final characteristic of true love in act 3 scene 5 where the morning after consummating the marriage Romeo realises he must go but then says he will stay when Juliet asks him to and tells him it is not morning but when Juliet realises that it is morning and that Romeo will be executed if he does not leave, she tells him to go this shows self-sacrifice because Juliet is giving up what she wants for the good of Romeo. Act 3 Scene 5 lines 1- 35 Juliet: Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day. ....... O now be gone, more light and light it grows. Another example of self-sacrifice is when Romeo kills himself at Juliet's tomb when he thinks she is dead and then Juliet kills herself when she sees Romeo dead beside her. 1 ...read more.

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