Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, a play of two young lovers from opposing families is mainly based on the theme of love and hate. Love is presented right from the start and perhaps the most obvious subject is different kinds of love that involved in this play. Shakespeare used the characters and imagery to portray courtly love, dutiful love and romantic 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 unrequited love to Rosaline. “ Shut up his windows, lock fair daylight out and makes himself an artificial night.” (I, i, 134-135) 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.” (IV, i, 26) 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.
Dutiful love is a major love that Shakespeare have presented throughout the play, especially in the Capulet family. “I’ll look to like, if looking liking move, but no more deep will I endart mine eye than you consent gives strength to make it fly.” (I, iii, 99-101) Juliet have always been faithful and dutiful to her parents but became independent after meeting Romeo. “Not proud you have, but thankful that you have. Proud can I never be of what I hate, But thankful even for hate that is meant love. (III, iiiii, 146-148) Shakespeare have presented dutiful love from Juliet’s words and sayings, he also contrasted the change of Juliet’s love to her parents before and after meeting Romeo.
Parental love is a kind of dutiful love shown in Romeo and Juliet. Capulet and Lady Capulet wants their daughter to marry Paris “Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn the gallant. young and noble gentleman, the...
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