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Types of Love Relationships in Romeo and Juliet.

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English 2 CAS, Period 7 Types of Love Relationships in Romeo and Juliet Love is one of the most important themes in Romeo and Juliet. Without love the story would be nothing, since the plot is driven by both love and hatred. Most of the play is based on romantic love, though there are many other references about familial and fraternal love. Throughout the story of Romeo and Juliet, the characters develop many different love relationships, some of which change as the story progresses. The play opens with a love relationship between Romeo, the main character, and Rosaline. Even though only mentioned in the story, Romeo's love towards her is obviously present: 'Sups the fair Rosaline who thou so love / With all the admired beauties of Verona. / Go thither, and with unattainted eye / Compare her face with some that I shall show, / And I will make thee think thy swan a crow' Benvolio talking to Romeo (Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 90-95). Later at the Capulet ball, the young Romeo had a change of heart and falls in love with Juliet. ...read more.


The Nurse, and Friar Lawrence also played crucial roles within the story, and added to the love relationships. Friar Lawrence acted as a parental figure for both Romeo and Juliet, since neither the Capulet nor Montague family knew or would accept the couples marriage. He also gave the advice on how to deceive their relationship to their families. The Nurse acts as a guidance figure to Juliet, who is confused about her relationship with Romeo. The Nurse and Juliet always had a strong relationship, and the Nurse always looked out for the best interest of Juliet. But when the Nurse found out that Romeo had been banished she told Juliet to abandon her love for Romeo, and just marry Paris to please her family. Juliet refused to follow her advice, and broke her long lasting relationship with the Nurse. The most important type of love that Shakespeare describes in the story is true love. There were many different kinds of love in the story: fraternal, familial, and romantic. But the one the prevailed at the end war true love. ...read more.


When Romeo was banished from Verona, Juliet did not just forget him. She continually thought and thought about him, and finally came up with a plan to make herself appear dead, and then we she actually awakes Romeo will come to get her, and the couple will be happy, together. But the plan did not exactly work, as Romeo never got word of it. However, Romeo did find out that Juliet was 'dead', and even risked receiving harsher punishments as he went back to Verona to see Juliet one last time. When Romeo finally got to Juliet, and saw her motionless body, he decided that he and Juliet will be reunited when he will be dead. Romeo drinks the poison, and dies instantaneously. When Juliet awakes and sees that her beloved Romeo is dead, she stabs herself with Romeo's dagger, because she believed that love will bind Romeo and herself together when they are dead. True love was obviously the only love that prevailed in the story. All the other types of love, including familiar, and fraternal, had very weak or meaningless relationships, where as the relationship that Romeo and Juliet shared eventually led to their deaths. ...read more.

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