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What does Shakespeare have to say about the theme of love in Romeo and Juliet(TM), with particular reference to love in Act One Scene Five?

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet The play 'Romeo and Juliet' was written during Elizabethan era by William Shakespeare. William Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-Upon-Avon on the 26th of April 1564 and died on the 23rd of April 1616 and is known as one of the greatest writers in the English language. William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' is based on the themes of love and hate. 'Love' is a grand passion in the play for it is blinding to the couple. It can also overwhelm a person as powerful as hate. The play tells us about the juvenile duo (Romeo and Juliet) both belong to Verona's most dominant families at war, the Montague's and Capulet's. But the rivalries between two members of the families are broken when the ill-fated teenagers fall in love. They later find out that there families are a rival (which was unknown to them because they were both in fancy dress) but put there surnames aside and keep there love a secret. Friar Lawrence (the father figure of Romeo) carries out a secret marriage for Romeo and Juliet, hoping that when the marriage is exposed, it would bring the Capulet's and Montague's together. Unfortunately this creates more controversy and Romeo and Juliet's love is moved to there deathbeds at the end of the play. Act one scene five is a crucial scene in the play because this is when Romeo and Juliet first meet and fall in love but the audience learn that this love is interrupted by Tybalt's anger when sees his enemy from a distance. ...read more.

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He should be feeling happy and well but instead he's feeling anxious and depressed. Romeo compares Rosaline to Dian the Goddess of hunting and chastity who avoided cupid's arrow. This suggests that every time Romeo tries to show his love for Rosaline she rejects him and this also shows that Romeo is frustrated and doesn't know what to do to get Rosaline into bed. This also suggests that Rosaline is treating Romeo like a servant because she plays games with Romeos heart. Romeo makes a reference to Zeus who had his way with woman by disguising himself, when he says: "Nor open her lap to saint-seducing gold" This suggests that Rosaline won't even let Zeus seduce her. This suggest Romeo doesn't love Rosaline he only wants to have sex with Rosaline but she doesn't want to have sex with him this reference suggests that his love for Rosaline is more about lust. This also shows that Romeo is self absorbed and that when things don't go his way he gets depressed. Romeo uses military words to describe how he is fighting for Rosaline's love: 'she will not stay the siege of loving terms'. This suggests that Romeo has to battle for Rosaline's love. In contrast Shakespeare uses comparison instead of using oxymoron's when Romeo is describing his love for Juliet. This shows that Romeo is describing how special Juliet is to him. ...read more.

Conclusion

Shakespeare often repeats the word 'kiss' to show that Romeo and Juliet's love is requited and not false. Romeo's love to Rosaline shows a heavy contrast because she doesn't show the love. Romeo felt confused and love sick and he didn't feel like he was himself anymore. His love wasn't true for Rosaline for he's a normal teenager just wanting was sex. However with Juliet it is very different. Shakespeare uses dramatic irony in the scene to emphasize how Juliet predicts her own future and her love for Romeo when she says " my grave is likely to be my wedding bed" this is dramatic because Juliet doesn't know what will happen to her. This quote is very important in the play because this quote tells the beginning and the end of Romeo and Juliet. Juliet also says "my only love sprung from my hate!" this quote is very important because it explains the whole of Act one Scene five. Shakespeare shows the audience that love and hate needs to exist in order for true love to blossom. He also shows true love can direct people's lives. This is exposed by showing the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet as true love being conquered by hate. Romeo and Juliet continued to see each other behind their families back to prove there love is true and nothing can get in the way of that. But in the end the hatred destroys and the Friars wish for peace is finally answered. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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