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With close reference to Acts 1 and 5, examine how Shakespeare explores the theme of love in Romeo and Juliet

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With close reference to Acts 1 and 5, examine how Shakespeare explores the theme of love in 'Romeo and Juliet' The theme of love is conveyed in acts 1 and 5 in many ways and in many characters. The theme of love keeps the audience interested because it is set within the context of feud. There are many different forms of love and Shakespeare incorporates many of them into his "Romeo and Juliet" play. In " Romeo and Juliet" Shakespeare brings out the cruel superficial love Romeo has for Rosaline, the bawdy, physical, and sexual love that Shakespeare expressed through Nurse and Mercutio, the contractual love Paris has for Juliet, the compassionate, paternal, and caring love Capulet has for Juliet , and finally the spiritual emotional and true love Romeo and Juliet have for each other. The prologue is in the form of a sonnet, this is a short poem with fourteen lines. A prologue is a brief indication of the nature of the story. It is split into four quatrains. The first quatrain is rhymed ABAB, the second quatrain is rhymed CDCD, the third is rhymed EFEF and the final couplet is rhymed GG. The quatrain tells us information about the play. The first quatrain tells the audience that the scene is set in Verona, and that there is an ancient feud between two families - the Capulet's and the Montague's. ...read more.

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-nurse, come back again' this is showing the audience that Lady Capulet is not at ease with her daughter and needs the nurses help to convince her to get married. The nurse at the end of act 1 scene 3 is happy because Juliet is going to be married as the nurse thinks of Juliet as a daughter. The nurse is shown to have bawdy love also. She is shown to have sexual mind towards Juliet 'fall backward when thou comest to age, wilt thou not, Jule?' meaning that she is telling Juliet to have sex. She also mentions sex when she says to Juliet at the end of act 1 scene 3 'Go, girl. Seek happy nights' meaning again having sex. The nurse jokes towards Juliet about sex, as they are comfortable with each other. The nurse thinks of Juliet as a daughter as she lost her daughter at a young age. The nurse plays an important part in 'Romeo and Juliet' as she is the one who tells Juliet to follow her heart and marry Romeo. Benvolio is a peacemaker in the story 'I do but keep the peace' . Benvolio contrasts to Tybalt as he is not wanting the fight whereas Tybalt is aggressive Benvolio is shown to have practical love as he is cautious unlike Romeo who is outgoing. ...read more.

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Again Romeo comments on the beauty of Juliet to being brilliant light, even in death. The lovers' passion has been described by the imagery as almost religious and heavenly. The Friar warned them that too much passion was dangerous and would consume itself 'like fire and powder.' Romeo's final speech in the play is a beautiful soliloquy in which death is spoken of as sucking 'the honey' of Juliet's breath. Romeo does not realise that the colour is returning to her lips and cheeks because she is about to wake up and thinks instead that 'death is amorous' and keeps her ever-beautiful in the tomb to be his lover. Romeo drinks the poison and dies. A few lines later Juliet awakes and asks for him by name. Juliet cannot find a 'friendly' drop of poison in Romeos hand. Instead she pulls the dagger out and kills herself to be with her one and true love. At the end of the play Capulet asks for Montague's hand in peace. The families agree. They decide to end the feud based on the fact that their children love each other. The families decide together to lay their children next to each other, by a statue of gold. 'For I will raise her statue in pure gold' Montague says he will put up a statue of Juliet because she was his sons wife and he wants to honour his son's wife. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jessica Ireland English coursework 1 ...read more.

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