Love in Romeo and Juliet

Topics: Romeo and Juliet, Love, Romance Pages: 3 (1006 words) Published: February 27, 2007
William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, is a brilliant play about a young boy and girl, whom fall deeply in love with each other. Romeo is from the house of Montague, while Juliet is from the house of Capulet. Both families have been feuding with each other for a long time; however, despite the families feuding, Romeo and Juliet marry each other in secrecy. In the end, both Romeo and Juliet kill themselves out of love for each other. The play Romeo and Juliet, is a tragic love story between two young teenagers. It has been used several times since it was written, as an example of the different forms of love that exist. There are three types of love featured in this play: patriarchal, heroic, and romantic love.

Patriarchal love is thought to be love where there is supremacy of men over women. Men have complete control over the woman in patriarchal love. Also, in patriarchal love women give birth to children in order for the man to pass down his wealth. Several examples of patriarchal love can be found in Romeo and Juliet. One particular example of patriarchal love is between Capulet, and his wife and daughter. In the first scene, there is a quarrel between the house of Montague and the house of Capulet. Capulet hears what is going on, and calls for his sword, "What noise is this? Give me my long sword, ho!," and in response to him calling for his sword, Lady Capulet asks, " A crutch, a crutch! Why call your for a sword?". Capulet ignores his wife, "My sword, I say! Old Montague is come and flourishes his blade in spite of me," and he then joins the fighting. This example, shows that Capulet is in charge, and he does whatever he wants to do without acknowledging his wife. In the patriarchal view, the man has complete control, and he does not need to ask for his wife's opinion nor listen to his wife. This can also be seen during the scene in which Juliet tells her parents that she refuses to marry Paris. Capulet replies to her by saying, "Hang...
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