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There are many different types of love in Romeo and Juliet; write about some of the different loves Shakespeare gives us

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There are many different types of love in Romeo and Juliet; write about some of the different loves Shakespeare gives us. Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy, a drama that is characterized by seriousness and dignity, usually involving a conflict between a character and some higher power, such as the law, the gods, fate, or society. The origins of tragedy are based in ancient Greek traditions. In fact the word 'tragedy' comes from the Greek word 'tragoidia' meaning goat-songs. The philosopher Aristotle theorized that tragedy results in catharsis for the audience and said that that explains why we enjoy seeing a tragedy, for the emotion cleansing we gain from it. Not all plays that are classed as tragedy end in a cathartic way though, some have neutral or ambiguous endings. Many people believe that Shakespeare got his inspiration or this play from Artur Brooke's poem 'TheTragical Historie of Romeo and Juliet' which was published in 1562. There was also another version before Shakespeare wrote his; 'The Palace of Pleasure' by William Painter has the Romeo and Juliet story included in his anthology which was published in 1567. It is thought that Shakespeare penned his version in 1595. In Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare sets the scene at the start with a sonnet where an announcer explains that the story concerns two warring families in Verona, the Montague's and the Capulet's, and how the feud is ended in a manner that neither family had foreseen or wanted. ...read more.


very angry when she doesn't want to marry Paris, 'doth she not give us thanks, doth she not count her blest, unworthy as she is' he launches into a tirade and even calls her a whore 'mistress minion you'. He is much more concerned about the family pride than about his daughter's feelings. He even tells her he will drag her there himself, then he says 'Graze where you will, you shall not house with me. Look to't think on't, I do not use to jest.' He is telling her in no uncertain terms that if she doesn't obey him she is going to be thrown out of the household. He is also aware of the dangers of early teenage pregnancies, and even though he proclaims his love for his child to Paris 'She is the hopeful lady of my earth.' And points out that she is much to young for marriage he soon changes his mind as he considers it to be a good match, but what he means is that Paris would be a good catch and it would help to further the family's fortunes Even after Juliet's refusal to wed Paris he still goes ahead with arranging the wedding. Lady Capulet wants to gain from the match as well when she is telling Juliet about him she describes him as 'the valiant Paris' and says 'Verona's summer hath not such a flower.' ...read more.


These are but a few of the types of love that Shakespeare wrote about in Romeo and Juliet. The main love the obvious one is of course 'true love'. This is the love that we are lead to believe Romeo and Juliet felt for each other, but because their love, and the effects it caused, like the ripples in a pond, meant their time ran out before we are able to validate the longevity of it, I felt that I would prefer to explore some of the other more definite allegiances in the play. I feel that the patterns of love that Shakespeare shared with us would have perhaps touched his audiences more then than to day with our modern cynicism. They show that love can be destructive as well as creative and nurturing, and this is a lesson that we should all take to heart. As did the Capulets and Montagues, alas too late, but notice they took. 'O brother Montague, give me thy hand. This is my daughter's jointure, for no more can I demand.' This is when old Montague offers up the long awaited for peace between the families. But as Shakespeare points out, the fates can, and quite often do, take a hand in the passions of mankind. ?? ?? ?? ?? D.Epathite 07/05/2007 1 ...read more.

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