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
'tragedy'. The evident forms of love are Familial love, Fraternal 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
the most obvious of which being the 'ancient grudge' between the
and the Montague's. The feud is one of many conditions and incidents,
together can be considered influence counter acting on the
Romeo and Juliet.
The sexual punning begins in the opening scene and is continued
the play. The love of Romeo and Juliet although idealized, is rooted
sexuality. The Victorian idea of pure non-sexual love has not yet
Samspon and Gregory create a sense of Bravado and refer to
'maidenheads' similar to
Romeo's love for Rosaline as he holds a sexual love for her, which is
Impulsive. Shakespeare expresses love as an intense emotion, which is
both happiness and sadness as Love is 'choking gall' 'smoke sighs'
Sweet' and 'madness'. We see that Romeos love for Rosaline is 'black
portentous' this is in sharp contrast with the fresh, spontaneous
Juliet will inspire in Romeo.
Romeo does not take part in the brawl; he is apart from the others
therefore showing that he is different. Romeo tells Benvolio of his
deep feelings for Rosaline.
'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
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
fruit) against her fathers will.
As a result of Romeos love for Rosaline he is unaware of day-to-day
'is the day so young.' this emphasises that Romeo is disheartened and
melancholy. Benvolio tries to comfort Romeo, but Romeos feelings just
due to his friends concern. Benvolio and Romeos friendship is
displayed as an