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Different Presentations Of Love In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Different Presentations Of Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

In Romeo and Juliet there are many different types of love. The main
type is the true love between Romeo and Juliet. Another type of love
is the materialistic love of possessions and power. Capulet and lady
Capulet's love for Juliet is the love the power they have over her.
Capulet loves Juliet as to him she is possession that he can gain a
profit from by marrying her off. At the same time, he wants to marry
her off, because he loves her and thinks he is doing the best for her.
Juliet does not want to be married off, she tells him this and he
disowns her at this point, because he is angry with her. " Hang thee
young baggage, disobedient wretch". All Capulet wants is for Juliet to
be married and he does not see that she is disagreeable to this, so he
says to her to be at the church to be married to Paris on Thursday or
"I'll ne'er acknowledge thee". The Capulets are associated with
control rather than allowing their daughter freedom to explore and
choose for herself. They choose her husband for her (which most
parents in the 16th century do). Juliet accepts this and is prepared
to go along with it until she finds true love in Romeo.

Another type of love is care and nurture between Juliet and the nurse,
and the Friar and Romeo. Juliet was brought up by her nurse and the
nurse has a motherly love for Juliet, like she would for her own
daughter. The nurse will do anything for Juliet because she loves her
so much. The nurse goes to fetch Romeo, as this is the only thing she
can do to make Juliet happy. She risks her job, which is the only
thing she knows. She is also risking her life because Romeo is
banished and she goes to see him. The nurse can also be tedious
because at the beginning of the scene she teases Juliet by saying
"he's dead" and leads Juliet to believe that Romeo is dead but he is
not and it is Tybalt that is dead.

The friar shows that he loves Romeo because he marries him and Juliet
knowing how much trouble he will get into by doing so, but he also
believes it will help bring the two families together. He helps
Juliet, as he knows that it would be in Romeo's best interest. The
friar gives Juliet a poison to make her look like she is dead so that
she does not have to marry Paris and can still have Romeo.

Romeo, Benvolio and Mercutio are all friends. They have fraternal love
for each other. Mercutio is a fiery, concerned friend. His close
relationship with Romeo leads to a fight with Tybalt where he comes to
the defence of Romeo and ends up dying for his friends. Mercutio puts
his life at risk for Romeo "my very friend, hath got this mortal hurt
in my behalf, my reputation stained with Tybalt's slander."

Benvolio is Romeo's friend in a different way. He counsels Romeo and
helps him with his...

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