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Types of love in Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

The play Romeo and Juliet was written by William Shakespeare in 1595. In Romeo and Juliet, there are two emotions that revolve around the play and are extremely important; these two ideas are love and hate. The idea about 'cogs driving the same wheel' is associated with them. The entire plot of the story is the 'wheel' and love and hate are the 'cogs' that contribute to the story. These two emotions are crucial from the start right through to the climax of the play. In my opinion I believe that Shakespeare spends more time talking about love however many of the key events of the play are due to hate as well as love. However the play itself begins with the families of Capulet and Montague in a bitter brawl also this is indicated in the two films. Sometimes equally love and hate contribute and explain some aspects of the play such as the death of Tybalt is a result. Throughout the play, are several types of love that are used, these include courtly or petrarchan love, sexual love, dutiful love and finally true love. Petrarchan love is a love that is an infatuation because it is not genuine and this love is indicated in the opening scene as Romeo falls in love with Rosaline this is unrequited love. ...read more.

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Romeo and Juliet have a peculiar relationship in which most of the romance and meetings occur during the night due to the circumstances of the family rivalries, where they cannot be seen together. An example of this love is the balcony scene, where Romeo has climbed over the high orchard gate and into the Capulet garden; this shows he is willing to a risk to be near her this shows his obsession for her. Romeo expresses his love for her "bright angel," he explains she can light up the darkness and compare her eyes to twinkling stars showing her divinity, goodness and holiness and religious imagery. He also uses several poetic techniques including similes "as a winged messenger of Heaven," he uses metaphors describing her appearance as the sun rise " It is the East, and Juliet is the sun!" Romeo and Juliet during this scene express their sexual love for one another. Romeo and Juliet also discuss how the family names of Capulet and Montague are enemies to them because it deters them from being allowed to see one another. The name is no part of someone's being, "It is nor hand nor foot" "...a rose By ant other name would shell as sweet." The love between Romeo and Juliet is so special that the two get married this is shown in the modern Baz Lurhmann film but not the older Franco Zepherelli version. ...read more.

Conclusion

The fiery Tybalt kills Mercutio and he does not understand why Mercutio has challenged him as Mercutio says "A plague on both your houses," because he is so fed up of the family hatred, regardless if it is to Romeo or Tybalt he wants both families to suffer as he has suffered. Tybalt now goes in search for Romeo because he is furious the Montague's went to the Capulet ball and even more furious that Romeo has declared his love for Juliet. There is hatred between the two families, but Tybalt brings fresh hatred into the play because he is extremely proud to be a Capulet and he hates all that of Montague and would do anything to cause harm and suffering to the bitter rival of Montague. When Tybalt returns to the scene, Romeo feels he has to fight to avenge the death of his great friend Mercutio and to prove he deserves Juliet and finally to avoid being thought a coward. When Romeo returns to fair Verona after escaping banishment to Mantua, he meets Paris and he challenges Romeo to a fight due to the hatred he has for Romeo because he believes Romeo has killed Juilet and Romeo kills Paris. It is in fact hatred that has brought Capulet and Montague together as they have both suffered and mourned many tragic deaths. The love between Romeo and Juliet was so strong that it transcended all boundaries even the family feud and eventually death. ...read more.

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