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 “Romeo and Juliet” is a love tragedy based on different kinds of loves. Romeo and Juliet become married in a forbidden relationship over the high tension brawl between their rival families which Shakespeare clearly shows in the play. Despite the family brawls, the pair decides to let their “perfect” love defeat all. Peoples ideas have changed in the space of 400 years, for example back then some loves featured in this play would produce different reactions to the audience, than today.  

 Shakespeare opens the play with the chorus who speaks a sonnet, where love imagery is found;

“Two Star-crossed lovers”

This hints the couple feeling stuck and desperate to be free to love one another. The stars in this quote means their love is bound to happen, the forbidden bit is in the darkness, as stars are covered by darkness meaning the two lovers are as well, but as stars shine in the dark night this proves their love is everlasting in spite of the hard situation.

 In Act 1, scene 1 straight away we are involved in the fight scenes followed by the violent action which would have entertained the Shakespeare’s audience 400 years ago.

 In the first scene fighting is going on and rude comments are being passed out between the two families.

Some other quotes showing how much the two families hate one another, which could lead even to risking their own lives just to show how brave they were. We also know that the two families liked winding each other up which would lead up more fights therefore some more entertainment for the Shakespeare audience.


The first love we see in Romeo and Juliet is the love not between the two star crossed lovers but Romeo and Rosaline. The type of love for these two is Elizabethan courtly love, this is when some one uses flowery words and actions with out really meaning them, Benvolio describes this supposed love in Act 1, scene 1.

Courtly love is unrequited love between two people. In this case Rosaline is apparently too good or unattainable and Romeo is inadequate for her, and he is using what we now call false love language to show her his fake or empty love for her.

“Alas that love so gentle in his view should be so tyrannous and rough in proof!”

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Benvolio in truth says that this love is fake and very different to the love we see later on in the play with Juliet.

When Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time in the Capulet party Romeos language changes from Elizabethan courtly love to real almost perfect love. Shakespeare shows this to us because he uses religious words and thoughts to highlight the quality of their love. The sonnet split between them is a form of love poetry used quite a lot in Shakespeare’s time. The actors also shows love by language and hand movement as the ...

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