The Different Types of Love in "Romeo & Juliet"

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There are many types of love that are portrayed in Shakespeare's play "Romeo & Juliet". One of them being sincere, dignified love that both the main characters, Romeo and Juliet, have for each other. Although it seems that Romeo and Juliet do love each other with true, whole-hearted love, it does seem that they want to rush things in their relationship, for instance they fall in love, get married and die together within six days! Then again maybe they want to rush things because they do indeed share unfeigned love for each other and don't want to be away from each other for even a single minute.

"If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully;

Or if thou think'st I am too quickly won,

I'll frown and be perverse, and say thee nay,

So thou wilt woo, but else not for the world" .

During the sonnet in Act 1 Scene 5, Romeo and Juliet exchange their feelings for each other as if Romeo was a pilgrim and Juliet was an angel.

The sharing of lines shows how close they are to each other, and it seems as if no one else in the room exists. The sonnet ends in their first kiss.

"My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand

To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss."

"O then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do:

They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to dispair."

Even when Romeo sees Juliet lying dead in the tomb in Act 5 Scene 3, it seems as if Romeo is prepared to die as he looks over his wife's lifeless body.

"Call this a light'ning? O my love, my wife,

Death, that hath suck'd the honey of thy breath,

Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty".

Another type of love in...