Comparing Different Types of Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Comparing Different Types of Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

The three different examples of love between Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Rosaline and Paris and Juliet do share some similar aspects, but they also have their own differences. These three different types of love show us the variations of love and how it can mask itself into different forms.

Romeo's 'love' for Rosaline. He was portrayed as a Petrarchan lover and his 'love' was simply an infatuation. He did not take time to know Rosaline or understand her, but thought that he truly loved her. In actual fact, he was only attracted to her because of her beauty; "The all-seeing sun/Ne'er saw her match since first the world
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However, if you compare this to Romeo's love for Juliet, although it may have been rushed and hasty, initially based on looks and beauty, it is definitely not an infatuation. Romeo and Juliet share a bond, which makes their love even more special. When they first meet each other they share their language. They both use biblical and religious words to express themselves. The first time they speak it is in the form of a sonnet; the first moment that they meet, it is obvious that there will be something special between them.

Romeo and Juliet share a physical, passionate love as well as emotional love. The first night that they meet they do not want to leave each other. "Let me be ta'en, let me be put to death". He was so contented to be with her, he would rather risk his life than be separated. He was also willing to kill himself for her, willing to sacrifice himself because he could no longer live without Juliet. He buys the poison after finding out about Juliet's 'death'. He cares for her so much, he says "For nothing can be ill if she be well". The love he shows toward Juliet is so intense and sincere. It is hard to deny that he truly loves her; it is one that many people crave for.

The three types of love shared between them were all hasty. Romeo's love for Juliet was hasty. Upon seeing Juliet, he instantaneously forgot all about his "swan", Rosaline whom he was so deeply
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