Romeo and Juliet- Type of Love

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Romeo and Juliet was a play written in 1594 by William Shakespeare, depicting a story of love which turned into one of the most famous plays ever written in British history. Love is evident throughout the entire play through Shakespeare labelling each character as a type of love.

Shakespeare used the relationship of Romeo and Rosaline, Paris and Juliet to present courtly love. Romeo is terribly in love with Rosaline but the love is not returned which turns out Romeo’s unrequited love to Rosaline. “Shut up his windows, lock fair daylight out and makes himself an artificial night.” The imagery made a depressed atmosphere, Shakespeare created a difference between light and dark, also portrayed the miserable and sorrowful feeling of Romeo. Same as Romeo, Paris loved Juliet very much. “So will ye, I am sure, that you love me.” Paris is accepted by Capulet and glad to marry Juliet but he doesn’t know that Juliet is married to Romeo secretly by Friar Lawrence.

The type of love that creates a lot of tension and problems is family love. Tybalt is in love with his family's name, 'Capulet', and will do anything to protect his family's honour. This type of love is no less real than the love experienced for another human being, but it is an idealistic kind of love, very much like the young love experienced by Romeo and Juliet. Tybalt is in love with the ideal of honour and maintaining the family's good name and prestige. When he sees Benvolio with his sword drawn, and who is a member of the Montague family, his family's arch enemy, Tybalt is furious, "What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word as I hate hell, all Montague’s and thee." It is Tybalt's love of honour that produces the knock on effect to the tragic ending. When Tybalt sees Romeo at the Capulet ball he's furious, but Lord Capulet stops him fighting, so the next day Tybalt goes looking for "that villain" Romeo. A fight breaks out between Mercutio and Tybalt, where Mercutio is killed. Romeo avenges...
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