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The Theme of Love in Romeo and Juliet

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The Theme of Love in Romeo and Juliet By Scott Stoneham "Here's much to do with hate but more with love" This quotation from Romeo can in fact describe the whole play. The word "more" shows the power of love to overcome hatred. However, in Romeo and Juliet there are several different types of love demonstrated. For example, characters such as Mercutio can be seen using sexual innuendos and bawdy language. In the play, there is evidence of brotherly love, shown to Romeo by Benvolio; motherly love from the Nurse towards Juliet; and fatherly love shown by Friar Lawrence towards Romeo; a suitor who offers wealth and power, is shown in the character of Paris. On one hand there is Romeo and Juliet who show a very passionate and romantic form of love. Romeo and Juliets love is different from everyone elses thoughts. For them, marriage is completely based upon true love. Others, it may be for power, wealth and recognition. Romeo is one of the protagonists in the play. He comes across as a very romantic and mature teenager who feels the in the deepest love for Juliet who he met at Lord Capulet's party. "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright." "What is her mother?" These are his words to Nurse and her answer reveals that his to see if only love has come from his only hate. ...read more.


Friar Lawrence is happy when Romeo says "I have forgot that name" when he is asked about Rosaline. Young Romeo then tells Frair Lawrence that he is certain he loves Juliet. Friar Lawrence then goes to mock Romeo by saying "Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes" Friar Lawrence does not believe Romeo is really in love, but only cares about their appearance i.e. their looks. Friar Lawrence shows love in this scene towards Romeo by taking great interests in what he is doing, but also by doing the type of things a father would do. "The sweetest honey is loathsome in his own deliciousness" The Friar says this to Romeo suggesting that anticipation is more than what it turns out to be. Friar Lawrence marries the couple and tries to help them whenever possible. He wants the best for them and thinks that if they marry then possibly the feuding will end; "In one respect I'll thy assistant be: for this may so happy prove, to turn your households' rancour to pure love" The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet is a character who is treats Juliet as her own child. She has always been looking after Juliet since she was a baby. Even though Juliet's real mother is Lady Capulet, she does not seem to be so interested in her. ...read more.


and complains he wants them to leave at once. "Tis he, that villain Romeo." Capulet considers the ideas of Tybalt but realises that there will be an uproar and the party will most likely be spoilt. "Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone, 'A bears him like a portly gentleman..." Paris is the man whom Capulet wants Juliet to marry. Paris explains his feelings for Juliet to Capulet. It seems that Paris does love Juliet because when Romeo kills him he asks to be put in her tomb, "If thou be merciful, Open the tomb, lay me with Juliet." In conclusion, the play of Romeo and Juliet, shows many different types of love. Romantic and true love compared with courtly unrequited love and the sexual love of Mercutio. It also compares the fatherly love of the Friar with that of Capulet and the motherly love of the nurse with that of Lady Capulet. Benvolio and Tybalt meanwhile illustrate brotherly love and the extreme love of the family name. In the play, it is less to do with love and more about wealth and family status. In act 5, scene 3, Romeo resolves to kill himself that night in Capulet's monument. I think this is a brave decision, because it shows the depth of his love for Juliet. It is extremely romantic act "this love feel I, that feel no love in this." By Scott Stoneham ...read more.

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