Romeo And Juliet: An Exploration Of Different Types Of Love

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Romeo and Juliet is an exploration of different types of love. The play was written by William Shakespeare, an English poet who wrote many plays throughout his life, including Hamlet, Macbeth, and Twelfth Night. One main idea that occurs throughout the play is love. Shakespeare explores types of love that ironically cause conflict through the romantic, but forbidden love between Romeo and Juliet, the Capulets’ familial love, and the love for peace that the Prince desires for his kingdom and all his people, including the Montagues and the Capulets.
Juliet’s well-being is important to her family, especially Lord Capulet. Ironically, he tries to help her find happiness through love and marriage, which ends up causing strife. Lord Capulet talks to Paris saying, “Earth hath swallowed all my hopes but she./She’s the hopeful lady of my earth./But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart” (I.ii 14-16). Here, Capulet speaks to Paris, who has just asked to marry Juliet. Capulet is willing but says Paris must “woo her” and “get her heart” before doing so. Capulet says, “Earth hath swallowed all my hopes but she,” meaning Juliet’s siblings have died. “She’s the hopeful lady of my earth,” signifies Juliet is all Capulet has and Paris must cherish her. Here, Capulet is speaking gently because he wants Paris to listen and follow
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Romantic love, familial love, and love for peace all cause conflict in Romeo and Juliet. Many characters in society help instigate these conflicts by the feud of their families. Today, families struggle through many types of conflicts to find love. Various reasons include money, identity, and expectations. These conflicts make it harder for many to find love because of stereotypes and is something all should think about when they look at, meet, and examine a person. Love should be without boundaries and should focus solely on the love between people, not the race, gender, class, or
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