Different Ideas of Love in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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Different Ideas of Love in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Love has existed in many forms throughout time. There is no

better example of this then in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In this

tale when love is most apparent, the most crucial events occur to develop

'tragedy'. The evident forms of love are Familial love, Fraternal love and

Romantic love.

Shakespeare portrays the love of Romeo and Juliet as 2 halves

which when joined make there love for one anther complete. The

fulfilment of Romeo and Juliet's Love is hindered by external influences,

the most obvious of which being the 'ancient grudge' between the Capulet

and the Montague's. The feud is
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'Well in that you miss, she shall not be hit

With Cupid's arrow: she hath Dian's wit;

And, in strong proof of chastity well arm'd

From love's weak childish bow she lives


One idea of love, which is presented here, is unrequited love. One reason

could be that Rosaline does not wish to be seen as a sexual object. We see that she

can deny physical pleasure, she will not succumb to intense emotion. Rosaline is an

allusions to Diana pure and virginal like the Virgin Mary. This contrasts with Juliet

as when she is hit by 'cupids arrow' she has a relationship with Romeo (forbidden

fruit) against her fathers will.

As a result of Romeos love for Rosaline he is unaware of day-to-day realities

'is the day so young.' this emphasises that Romeo is disheartened and feels very

melancholy. Benvolio tries to comfort Romeo, but Romeos feelings just grow deeper

due to his friends concern. Benvolio and Romeos friendship is displayed as an

expression of love. Benvolio want Romeo to progress with his life instead of

wallowing in self-pity, he provides insight for Romeo and tells him to 'Examine

other beauties.'

Romeo expresses his love for Mercutio as he tries to reason with him and

prevent a fight between Tybalt and Mercutio, by telling him 'Gentle Mercutio ,
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