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Different Ideas Of Love In Romeo And Juliet By William Shakespeare

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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
develop

'tragedy'. The evident forms of love are Familial love, Fraternal love
and

Romantic 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
influences,

the most obvious of which being the 'ancient grudge' between the
Capulet

and the Montague's. The feud is one of many conditions and incidents,
which

together can be considered influence counter acting on the
relationship between

Romeo and Juliet.

The sexual punning begins in the opening scene and is continued
throughout

the play. The love of Romeo and Juliet although idealized, is rooted
in passionate

sexuality. The Victorian idea of pure non-sexual love has not yet
evolved. Both

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
quick and

Impulsive. Shakespeare expresses love as an intense emotion, which is

both happiness and sadness as Love is 'choking gall' 'smoke sighs'
'preserving

Sweet' and 'madness'. We see that Romeos love for Rosaline is 'black
and

portentous' this is in sharp contrast with the fresh, spontaneous
passion, which

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

Uncharm'd'

One idea of love, which is presented here, is unrequited love. One
reason

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
(forbidden

fruit) against her fathers will.

As a result of Romeos love for Rosaline he is unaware of day-to-day
realities

'is the day so young.' this emphasises that Romeo is disheartened and
feels very

melancholy. Benvolio tries to comfort Romeo, but Romeos feelings just
grow deeper

due to his friends concern. Benvolio and Romeos friendship is
displayed as an

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