Examine the views of love presented by the title characters in Romeo And Juliet

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Examine the Different Ways Love Is presented by the title characters in

‘Romeo and Juliet’

The characters Romeo and Juliet do not just show physical attraction but also an attraction in a spiritual and religious aspect. The play describes their love to be the truest and deepest love of all time. Even though they are both in love, both of the characters have different ways of presenting it. Romeo is more impulsive and reckless in his actions; in comparison Juliet is calmer and practical. This is shown through Shakespeare’s choice of language when the characters interact with one another. Romeo is clearly the more romantic character, as shown by Shakespeare’s use of figurative language, particularly when he is expressing his feelings towards Juliet. However, Juliet, being the more practical and sensible character is more concise in her language choice. It is in this way that we can identify the different ways that love is presented by Romeo and Juliet.

We identify that Romeo’s first true love starts when meeting Juliet as he forgets his “dearest love Rosaline” from the previous scene. Earlier, Romeo mentions Rosaline every time he spoke but after laying eyes on Juliet, Rosaline is forgotten and never mentioned again. We understand this, as Romeo says, “did my heart love till now” showing that he had no actual feelings for Rosaline and that he was merely infatuated with her. We realise that Romeo was not in love with Rosaline in the last scene as his lines suggest that he has recited them before. Shakespeare’s intention here is to show that Romeo’s intentions or feelings were not true towards Rosaline: “Alas that love, whose view is muffled still, should without eyes see path way to his will”. The two rhyming words ‘still’ and ‘will’ suggests that the sentence is difficult to make up on the spot and therefore the lines must have been remembered from elsewhere. However, we know that Romeo speaks from the heart when speaking to Juliet, as we know Romeo was not expecting to meet Juliet and hence meaning that he had no time to revise such lines.

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When Romeo and Juliet first meet each other in the Capulets’ mansion the physical and spiritual attractions arise, making it clear that it is love at first sight. They are both in love however they have different ways of expressing it. Romeo speaks to flatter Juliet, thinking that this is what will win Juliet’s heart. Romeo starts straight away with spiritual and poetic phrases to win Juliet’s heart: “This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this, my lips two blushing pilgrims ready stand”. The metaphors presented within the line contain three examples of how Romeo relates his love for ...

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