Romeo and Juliet

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How does Shakespeare present different types of love in the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’? In ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Shakespeare is trying to portray the nature of love through his characters. Shakespeare shows love in a different way in the younger characters than the older ones. The nature of love represented by the younger characters in the play is that teenagers fall in and out of love easily and it can be very complicated. Shakespeare used the relationship of Romeo and Rosaline to show this, Romeo is very in love with Rosaline but she is not in love with him, which is unrequited love. However, the love shown by the older characters is the love of their families. At the beginning of the play Shakespeare portrayed that love can be divisive. ‘Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love’. Here Romeo is notifying Benvolio, that the reason why the feud between the Montague family and the Capulet family continues; is because of such love that dwells with-in each family. The two families don’t hate each other is the fact that they love their families and will do anything to protect them. To keep their reputation up, one family will make the other look bad to make them look better. When Romeo first sees Juliet he falls instantly in love; this is love at first sight. This quickly turns into true romantic love. Romeos love for Juliet is extreme and real. ‘It is the east and Juliet is the sun!’ This shows the audience the depth of his love. He describes Juliet as the sun. ‘Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, who is always sick and pale with grief. That thou, her maid, art more fair than she’. This quote illustrates Rosaline as the envious moon. This is portraying that Juliet is taking Rosaline’s place in Romeos heart. In the balcony scene, Shakespeare shows how love can change a person. In this case it is Juliet, as before she met Romeo and fell in love, she would not have lied to her father but once she has a secret like Romeo, she has to keep it from him. As she...
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