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"There are many kinds of love in Romeo and Juliet."Write about these different views of love which Shakespeare gives us.

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Michele Dominique English Coursework 11A1 10/02/04 Romeo & Juliet "There are many kinds of love in Romeo and Juliet."Write about these different views of love which Shakespeare gives us. The story of Romeo and Juliet is known as the "greatest love story ever told." I agree with this statement; however most people would say that this is an understatement, as they believe this particular Shakespeare play is only famous because of its only obvious recognisable love story- that of Romeo and Juliet's. Although this is the main love story-line, there are plenty others such as the relationship between Juliet and the Nurse, or the love of Paris for Juliet, and even the perceptions of love we hear from Sampson and Gregory at the start of the play. Shakespeare is not only known for his dramatic and humorous plays; he is also widely recognised as being one of the greatest sonnet poets of all time. He, in fact, started the play of "Romeo and Juliet", with a prologue which is actually a sonnet. The main distinguishing features of a sonnet are probably that they only contain 14 lines, and that the last words of the last 2 lines of the sonnet have to rhyme. ...read more.

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I imagine she was left to believe this as it had happened to her in her youth as she says. Perhaps this is why her marriage with Lord Capulet is not as successful as it seems to be. Mercutio's point of love is similar to the 3 previous characters I mentioned,Sampson, Gregory, and the Nurse. They all share the same views on love; making it out to be something of pure fun without involving any sort of emotions or desire at all. "I conjure thee by Rosaline's bright eyes, by her high forehead, and her scarlet lip, by her fine foot, straight leg and quivering thigh..." He portrays his views through humour, so in this case, he jokes about Rosaline having "quivering thighs", therefore he also believes that love is mainly having a sexual relationship without commitment or deep attachment and feelings whatsoever. In Act 1, Scene 5, Romeo has his first sight of Juliet. Here, we can tell how easily, he falls in and out of love; he has already forgotten his unconditional love for Rosaline. When he sees Juliet, he is quickly absorbed by her beauty; "...did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." ...read more.

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His love for Juliet increases by the day, and he realises this; for as soon as he hears that she had died, he goes and buys poison for himself so that they may die together. Act 5, Scene 3, is where we see Romeo and Paris fight, Romeo slays Paris and he dies; soon afterwards Romeo discovers Juliet's body and without further ado, takes the poison and dies. This story, as I said at the beginning, has many different kinds of love; but the main one still remains Romeo and Juliet's, however as the Prince quotes at the end- "For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo. In conclusion, I would say that Shakespeare does portray many kinds of love in "Romeo and Juliet".The statement "Romeo and Juliet is the greatest love story ever told", is both true and false in my opinion; it has been made the greatest love story ever told, because the play has various aspects of love, not just only one, although it is made the greatest as it carries so many. However, I also disagree because, whenever we hear that statement, it has only been said that, purely because, it has a tragic ending to it, where both "star-crossed lovers" die; and generations have passed it down to us with that specific attached label. Word Count: 1,628 ...read more.

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