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

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

Shakespeare has written many plays, especially a lot of tragedies. The most famous of all Shakespeare's plays is Romeo and Juliet, enjoyed by different generations down the years. The majority of the play takes place in the attractive small city of Verona, in the north of Italy. The play has been adapted in books, ballet and films. Romeo and Juliet is a play about a young man and a young woman whose families, Montague's and Capulet's despise each other, but their children, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love without the knowledge of either sets of parents. The play explores many different views on love and
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Courtly love characterises Romeo's behaviour at the start of the play, in the way he mopes over Rosaline. Romeo is in love, or thinks he is with Rosaline,

"Why, such is love's transgression:

Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast,

Which thou wilt propagate to have it press'd

With more of thine; this love that thou hast shown

Doth add more grief to too much of mine own."

Romeo sees Rosaline as a strong person. As Shakespeare never allows us to meet Rosaline we are left to imagine for ourselves about the kind of woman she is and her physical appearance.

In the play we learn that although reluctant to lose her, Juliet's father, Lord Capulet would be willing to consent to a marriage with the County Paris, if she was to fall in love with him. In this sense her father displays parental love towards his daughter and sole heir. Paris is keen to make Juliet his wife, although they have yet to meet.

"God shield I should disturb devotion!

Juliet, on Thursday early will I rouse eye;

Till then adieu and keep this holy kiss."

In the play we see many types of parental love. Juliet sees her nurse, who has been responsible for her upbringing as a mother figure. She is able talk to the nurse and discusses details of her life, which she finds unable to confer with her
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