True Love In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet -- Love Actually The concept of love is one of the most important aspects of human nature -- throughout popular culture today, literature, theatre, art, and music, people consistently ponder the nature and concept of love. Romeo and Juliet, the most famous love story in literature, written by William Shakespeare in the Elizabethan period centuries ago, muses and comments on the concept of love. Shakespeare personifies love in multiple instances: sexual love, unrequited love, courtly love, Platonic love, and true romantic love. In the most empirical sense, the diversity in love is seen in the play via intercharacter relationships, actions, and thoughts. The sexual love shown in the play can be directly taken from Mercutio, …show more content…

Their passion, a passion that would rather have them die than be without the other, is conveyed thru multiple literary methods. Initially, their lustful encounter seems quite trivial, but the development into true love signifies the difference between a “regular” lustful relationship. Firstly, the obvious contrast between courtly love with Rosaline and true passionate love with Juliet convincingly develops the bond between Romeo and Juliet. The love at first sight that they experience signals the first step towards Shakespearean true love: “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! / For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night,” (I.V.51-52). This implies that the short lived obsession with Rosaline is nothing in comparison to the emotions he is now feeling. Romeo describes Juliet more as an object of true beauty, signalling that any other woman he has seen before is not truly beautiful -- not like this type of beauty. Romeo then becomes more committed and passionate as he continues his relationship with Juliet: after the wedding night, he is so consumed by love that he says that he will risk death to stay with her just a while longer. “I have more care to stay than will to go; / Come, death, and welcome! Juliet wills it so. / How is’t, my soul? Let’s talk it is not day, ” (III.V.23-25). Among the storytelling that Shakespeare uses to convey the sincerity of Romeo and Juliet’s true feelings and true love, the stark literary decisions can show the contrast in feelings that separates them from the other types of love. The use of iambic pentameter and sonnets play a penultimate role in showing the contrast in feelings between the courtly love and the real, true love they share. When Romeo and Juliet first meet, they speak in sonnets -- showing the connection between the couple. They can finish

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