Comparing the Different Types of Love Evident in Romeo and Juliet

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Comparing the Different Types of Love Evident in Romeo

and Juliet

"True love is like ghosts,'claims François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, 'Which

everyone talks about but few have seen'. What is true love? Is it idealistic

love or physical love, mature love or paternal love. Well kiddies, it is all that

are listed here for each has its own place in the Shakespearean play Romeo

and Juliet.

Physical love, which Mercutio believes in, is well explained in his Queen Mab

story. Queen Mab, an English folk tale fairy was said to bring the dreams to

men and her child is the midwife to men's fantasies. Mercutio wants just the

physical part of love, that is, sex. This is evident in his queen mab story:

"O, then, I see Queen Mab hath been with you.

She is a fairie's midwife, and she comes

In shape no bigger than an agate-stone

On the fore-finger of an alderman,

Drawn with a team of little atomies

Over men's noses as they lie asleep;

Her waggon spokes made of long spinners legs,

The cover of the wings of grasshoppers;

Her traces of the smallest spiders web;

Her collars of the moonshine's watery beams;

Her whip of cricket's bone; the lash of film;

Her waggoner a small grey-coated gnat,

Not half so big as a round little worm

Pricked from the lazy finger of a maid:

Her chariot is an empty hazle-nut

Made by the joiner squirrel, or old grub,

Time out o' the fairies' coachmakers.

And in this state she gallops night by night

Through lovers brainsand then they dream of love;

O'er the courtier's knees...."(ActI Scene iiii lines 62-73)

Mercutio tells this story because that is the way he feels about love; which is

All that he is in it for is...