Brotherly Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Throughout the play 'Romeo and Juliet', characters depend on one
another as a source of support and love. One prime example of this is
of Juliet and her nurse. This type of love is also featured at the
beginning of the play between Romeo and his cousin, Benvolio.
Throughout the beginning of Act 1 Scene 1 both Lord and Lady Montague
(Romeo's Parents) and Benvolio show concern toward how Romeo has been
behaving. They describe him as being 'tearful' and 'unsociable'.
Benvolio then shows himself as a close, sensitive friend to Romeo. He
talks to Romeo sympathetically even though he has been pushed away by
him. He displays care and support which could be classed as 'Brotherly
love'. These actions between two people do not stop there as the same
happens between Mercutio and Romeo in Act 2 Scene 4, Mercutio says to
'Whyis not this better now than groaning for love, thou art sociable,
thou art Romeo, for this drivelling love is like a great natural.'
In 'Romeo and Juliet' Shakespeare used techniques such as Light
imagery to emphasise a mood or a particular speech. In Elizabethan
times, when 'Romeo and Juliet' was written, the stage in which it
would have been performed would have been very simple. Therefore,
Shakespeare had to rely on the words spoken by the characters to
create the imagery needed. By using light to denote love he could
create the images he wanted and the audience could picture the mood as
opposed to seeing it. An example of this is when Romeo describes
Juliet, his love, as a light breaking through a dark window (Act 2
Scene 2) or a bright angel or the sun. Juliet then goes on to describe
the suddenness of their love like lightning:
'It is too rash, too sudden, too like the lightning.' (Act 2 Scene 2
This technique is so effective that Shakespeare uses it throughout
'Romeo and Juliet'.
Shakespeare was born and grew up during the Elizabethan times.
Religion, money and wealth played a strong part in life in this era.
In Shakespeare's plays he reflects heavily on Elizabethan values in
showing love and marriage to be the main focus of women's life. Girls
as young as 12 were encouraged to marry for Wealth and Status as...