• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. Discuss the different types of love shown in romeo and juliet.

    Tybalt only picks a fight with Romeo because he wants to defend the honour of his family, however I think that if he would have know he was now related to Romeo he would still fight him, as I think the character of Tybalt just liked looking for trouble, a

  2. Examine the different views of love in 'Romeo and Juliet'. In what way is ...

    His over-use of punctuation and "flowery language" make the speech more dramatic and suggest that his love for Rosaline is exaggerated and artificial. Mercutio describes Rosaline as having 'scarlet lip' and 'quivering thighs', helping the audience to understand that Romeo doesn't really love Rosaline but she is more just a

  1. How Does Shakespeare Present Conflicting Views of Love?

    Romeo tries to explain his love for Rosaline through poetry. However, the way he portrays his love for Rosaline is by always talking in poetry, and trying to feel the way poets feel when in love. "Not I, believe me: you have dancing shoes.

  2. How does Shakespeare portray the various perceptions of love in Romeo and Juliet?

    up in the orchard where he overhears Juliet say her true feelings like the famous line "O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?". She said that she would have played hard to get and wouldn't have played games with his affections unless he did and that she wouldn't have made

  1. There are many different types of love in Romeo and Juliet; write about some ...

    He has never had a firm relationship, preferring instead to have dalliances and one night stands. He is fascinated with sexual innuendos. 'And wish his mistress were that kind of fruit' (referring to the medlar fruit) His version of love is personal gratification; he is what we would term these days a 'player'.

  2. What different types of love are represented in the play, and how is Shakespeare ...

    Later on in the play it is evident that the Nurse is always ready to support Juliet. In act 2 scene 4 the Nurse visits Romeo and tells him that he had not better not be toying with her

  1. Discuss the different kinds of love presented by Shakespeare in "Romeo and Juliet"

    Romeo is overwhelmed by his feelings and cannot prevent the flow of poetry he expresses: "let rich music's tongue Unfold the imagined happiness that both Receive in either by this dear encounter." Juliet thinks about the marriage more seriously and believes that feelings are of a deeper substance than literature, "Conceit more rich in matter than in words."

  2. didn't think I would ever fall in love, come to think of it I ...

    When I was in primary school nearly everyone had a dad I was really confused, it must have been hard for my mum because I kept on asking her where my dad was and she'd always tell me that he was in a lovely place.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work