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Examine The Different Views Of Love Presented In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet And Discuss For Their Inclusion.

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Examine the different views of love presented in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and discuss for their inclusion.The tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's great plays it is one of his most popular. The play looks at different types of love. Romeo and Juliet are often seen as a romance play, it also looks at physical love, spiritual love, plutonic love and the love of family.When the audience first meets Romeo he fancies the 'pants' off Rosaline. Romeo seems at first to be a very self-absorbed character. Romeo's good friend Benvolio tries to cheer him but he refuses to be happy. Romeo describes love as a"...madness most discreet. A choking gall and a preserving sweet." These comments show Romeo to be desperate.Romeos use of rhyme reveals he is a lover. He tells us Rosaline has 'forsworn' to love and therefore "Do I live dead." Romeo shows himself as being a very dramatic young man and only cares for his own feelings. His feelings for Rosaline quickly disappear when he meets Juliet, "O she cloth teach the torches to burn bright", and he falls deeply in love. Juliet too, is very overcome and after their short kiss she sends the nurse to find out his name and if he's married. " Go ask his name, if he be married my grave is like to be my wedding bed."There is of course a huge sense of foreboding between Romeo and Juliet. There love comes across as very vulnerable even though their families despise each other. The chorus reveals to the audience that "passion lends them power in the pursuit of their love."Romeo and Juliet's love is very different from that described by Samson and Gregory at the start of the play. They both describe their feelings towards women and their lustful feelings threatening any Montague they find, "...me they shall feel while I am able to strand and 'tis know I am a pretty piece of flesh." An Elizabethan audience would find this offensive talk amusing and it provides humour in the play. The nurse is another character who enjoys lustful comments, which by today's standards seem quite rude." Yea quoth my husband, fallst upon thy face, thou wilt fall backward when they comest of age." The nurse sees life and marriage in quite sexual terms. This show us the reality of women' lives in those days. Once a woman was married her husband owned her and she had no rights.Romeo seems rather indecisive at the start of the play but he seems to be loved and cherished Benvolio and Mercutio. It was important for Romeo, Mercutio and Benvolio to be loyal to each other, as they could all easily need help and supporting these treacherous times. We see that Benvolio has a character of great strength and support. When he tries to stop the fight between Tybalt and Mercutio. He tries to reason with them to calm the situation down, " We talk here in the public haunt of men: either withdraw into some private place or reason coldly of your grievances." Benvolio's kindness and control is no match for the anger of Tybalt and the rage of...

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