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How Does Shakespeare Explore Different Representations Of Love In Romeo And Juliet And In A Selection Of His Sonnets

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How does Shakespeare explore different representations of love in Romeo and Juliet and in a selection of his sonnets The idea of endless love; "till death do us a part" is evident in Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. His characters, known for their deep infatuation with one another have turned into world renowned heroes and heroines and their idea of love has turned into a international phenomena. Shakespeare uses the relationships of different characters to embody different forms of love. The theme of love is almost certainly the most common theme in all literature and Romeo and Juliet is no exception. The theme of love is predominant throughout the play Romeo and Juliet, but there are also many similarities and differences between Romeo and Juliet and the 154 Shakespearean sonnets. The many types of loves in the play are shown by the relationships different characters have, for example the brotherly love Mercutio has for Romeo. Each one of Shakespeare's sonnets represents a different type of love linking to Romeo and Juliet in one way or the other One of the types of love that is showcased through out this timeless classic is true love; it plays a significant t role as it effects the characters actions. An example of true love is when Romeo tells Juliet ''Lady, by yonder blessed moon I vow." Shakespeare uses a metaphor here and it shows Romeo swears by the moon however Juliet says ´'O swear not by the moon, th'inconstant moon, that monthly changes in her circled orb." From this quote we see Juliet is aware of the fact that Romeo has feelings for her, however she tells him that his love should be constant and not like the ever changing moon so she basically wants it to be true love, in which actions speak louder than words. We could link this to Sonnet 18 in which Shakespeare says "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day." This is similar as the seasons change and a summer's day does not remain constant. "The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars", this evocative use of imagery is true love because Romeo says that her beauty is better than nature. This quote is also courtly love as it embodies the language which is likely to be used in a petrarchan sonnet. This could be linked to sonnet 18 as in the sonnet he implies that the cheek is better than the star. He says that the man in sonnet 18 is better than the day and that nature falls short. Romeo and Juliet's love is eternal. "Death, that hath sucked the homey of thy breath, hath has no power yet upon thy beauty." Shakespeare uses dramatic irony over here. This shows that Romeo loves her and death has no power over hear beauty.. This quote could be linked to sonnet 116, in which he says that even when she's dead he'll still love her. "Ah Juliet…dear encounter." "Conceit more rich… half of my wealth" these two quotes show that Romeo wants Juliet to say overly romantic things and that she can't describe happy she is. Juliet thinks that there is no need to say...

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