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The story 'Romeo and Juliet' presents' true love in the form of 'Star-crossed lovers' and just as their love is depicted as eternal, the play itself has endured for years.

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Romeo and Juliet The story 'Romeo and Juliet' presents' true love in the form of 'Star-crossed lovers' and just as their love is depicted as eternal, the play itself has endured for years. There have been many adaptations of the play in the form of books, films, ballets and plays. Several books have been loosely based on the story, involving young lovers of a different religion or race who are not allowed to be together. These stories are always popular because readers want to find true love. The words 'Romeo and Juliet' automatically conjure up images of true love; also the play gives us many more attitudes to love. Each character has a different personality and viewing of life, so there perceptions of love will be different from everyone else's. When we first meet Romeo in act 1 scene 1 he is talking to his cousin Benvolio. Benvolio asks him why he is feeling so sad. Romeo answers that he is in love but out of favour because Roseline doesn't love him. He then uses oxymoron's such as 'as cold as fire' to show his confusion, depression and sadness towards his love. ...read more.

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He then talks to Juliet in a very flamboyant fashion, using very long and flattering speech's, which proves his love and rules out the curiosity. When Juliet proposes to him he panics and doesn't really react. Because he is so desperate for love he reluctantly accepts. He is addicted to love. Romeo compares Juliet to many superior objects in an attempt to flatter her. This doesn't work because Juliet asks him to just tell her that he loves her and to stop comparing her to things. 'Does thou not love me'. 'And for that offence immediately we do exile him hence'. Romeos banishment is the prime factor in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Romeos exile poisons all possibility of happiness for him and Juliet. This causes Juliet great sorrow, greater than if he had been executed as stated by her in act lll scene ll. After his exile Romeos attitude to love seriously changes. Before he wasn't sure whether he loved Juliet, but now he wants to spend every second with her. You could say that Romeos exile replenishes their relationship. ...read more.

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Maybe he has been hurt in an earlier relationship and has not yet recovered, or maybe he's just never been in love. Through the play Paris is shown as an obstacle between Romeo and Juliet. But as the play goes on we discover that he really does love Juliet. In act4 scene5 when he is killed the last thing that he says is that he wants to be buried in the same tomb as Juliet even though they are not married. This proves that he is marrying for love and not just for the money and title. He is a formal suitor where as Romeo needs love to survive. The nurse is very excited to hear the news that Juliet will be married to Romeo. She is ecstatic to se he mistress happy. When she goes to take a message to Romeo she is playful and in some ways flirts with Mercutio. I think that this means that she is lonely and is looking for love. She is Jealous that Juliet has found love before her at her age. Throughout the play different attitudes to love are portrayed. It varies from being scare of love (Mercutio) to having to be in love all of the time. Sam Wood 11:4 ...read more.

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