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What does Shakespeare Have to say to us About the true Meaning of Love?

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What does Shakespeare Have to say to us About the true Meaning of Love? In this piece of coursework I will be writing about what Shakespeare has to say about true love. Shakespeare does not really preach to us, he simply portrays people how they really are; this would help it along to look more realistic. Shakespeare leaves it to the audience to form their own opinions about the characters. Most writers in the time of this play when it came out aimed to tell people how to live their lives. Shakespeare does not say weather they are right or wrong but just portrays them. He doesn't tell people, he lets the people relate to the play and choose the right way to go, so, he presents people how they really are. Some characters can not get the idea of sex past their minds as it continuously comes up as a joke right from the start. This would be when; Sampson and Gregory are joking about what they would do to the Montague women, as they mix business with pleasure. Also to contribute with this point the nurse of Juliet jokes about what Juliet will get up to in bed. Her jokes are very similar to Mercutios jokes where he talks about "Queen Mab" who comes to Romeo and other men at night and makes them fall in love. ...read more.


But soon this all changes as Capulet does not care anymore about what Juliet thinks and even carries on to say that he will drag her to the church if he has to. This is when Capulet manipulation is bad because it leads to the death of both Romeo and Juliet. Capulet thinking is very liberal and modern as it goes for business and for the family but it then turns out that his political economics business life is much more important than personal family. As he does not care what Juliet thinks when she actually says no. he puts business before family. He probably thinks his doing Juliet the right thing for her but its not. It's only good for the alliance between Paris and himself. He actually starts to blackmail Juliet as he says, "...I'll give you to my friend; and you be not. Hang, beg, starve, and die in the streets..." this means that if she does not marry his friend Paris than she will be hanged, starved and she will die in the streets. If she does she will still be accepted into the family and will still be a Capulet. Another character that does not put love before the alliance is friar Laurence this is shown as he says "...in one respect I'll thy assistant be..." this means that friar Laurence will bring these two in marriage ands as they join so will the families. ...read more.


Juliet is much more down to earth. Initially she believes that she will be able to control love. Unlike Romeo who is on the other extreme and climbs walls in which where he can be killed just to see her. Juliet is ,more or less in the middles of the two extremes of physical love and spiritual love as she says "...but no more deep will I endart mine eye..."this means, so far, from what she has seen, that she, for now will just look but not put her heart into loving him 'yet'. But she does have her other side to love as she says "...than your consent gives strength to make it fly..." this would that Juliet is looking for a relationship between the two, but that she needs for Romeo to consent that she is allowed to carry on and go forth with making the relationship stronger. Juliet learns later that love is much more powerful and she is quickly swept away by it, "I joy in thee". However, she always tries to keep her feet on the floor; "...I have no joy in this contract tonight..." this is where Juliet likes the contract but she just does not want to show it because she is modest. Another example of Juliet being down to Earth is where she says "...it was to rash, too undis'd, too sudden;" she understands and thinks about how fast she is going. ...read more.

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