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...