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

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Different Representations of Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

There are lots of different representations of love in Romeo and
Juliet. I think that Shakespeare chose to have so many representations
of love against a background of hate to show the many types of love
and to show that in the end love conquers hate. He uses so many
different types of love to explore the nature of love. He contrasts
and compares the different types of love with each other and with hate
to help us identify the different types of love and to see how they
relate.

'Romeo and Juliet' is famous for Shakespeare's representation of the
romantic love felt between Romeo and Juliet. But there are other types
of love in the play such as the love between families or friends. The
play is also about hate as well as love. We are always reminded of the
hate between the two families and we see how this affects the town and
the people in it. This theme would be very poignant and interesting to
the people in Shakespeare's time because they were scared of civil
war. Nevertheless love is still a very strong theme in Romeo and
Juliet.

We see lots of different views and representations of love in this
play but the only true or real love shown in the play is the love
between Romeo and Juliet. I think Shakespeare chooses to do this to
show us the strength of their love.

The nurse as well as Gregory, Sampson and Mercutio talk a great deal
about sexual love and their views of the roles of men and women. In
the first scene between Gregory and Sampson, Sampson says he will cut
off the heads of the maids 'or their maidenheads' meaning their
virginity. And they brag about themselves, Sampson says he is a
'pretty piece of flesh' and Gregory says 'thou hadst been poor John'
which is insulting Sampson's virility. They talk about women as if
they are objects and only serve one purpose. Mercutio also does this
and he says 'the bawdy hand of the dial is now upon the prick of noon'
which the nurse is clearly offended by. The nurse also has this
derogatory view of women, believing that their only purpose is to find
a husband and reproduce. She says things like 'women grow by men'
which means men make women better. And her wish for Juliet is to 'live
to see thee married once' so she obviously thinks it's very important
for a woman to have a husband. And the nurse's husband obviously had
the same view because the nurse said he said to Juliet ' thou wilt
fall backward when thou com'st to age'

And another type of non romantic love is love as a means of self
advancement, Lady Capulet has obviously used this in Her marriage to
Lord Capulet and she wants Juliet to marry Paris for the same reasons.
The nurse agrees with this and says 'women grow by men' as I have
mentioned in the paragraph before that she thinks that men...

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