"Love is the main theme of Romeo and Juliet." Is this comment valid? Why/Why not?

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The comment, "Love is the main theme of Romeo and Juliet," is valid due to Shakespeare's portrayals of the many forms of love. Shakespeare as used love very frequently to shape the course of the play, for example, Romeo's love for Rosaline has been described as infatuated love, and however Benvolio and Mercutio's view of this love is that it is a form of madness. These views of love have caused different characters to act differently; such as this view from Benvolio that love is madness has caused Romeo to attend the Capulet ball. Shakespeare has also shown the nurse's and Lady Capulet's view of love to be a necessity, the nurse also expressing her physical views of love. Capulet and Montegue's both show parental love for each of their children; however, Capulet and Lady Capulet's love is later shown to be conditional, causing Juliet to be more alone.

The last type of love that Shakespeare has shown in the play is true love between Romeo and Juliet. This love is the most important love in the play because it is the underlying cause for most of the events that have happened. The other two main themes of Romeo and Juliet, fate and hate, are not as important as love, because, in this play, love allows the play to continue, causing events to happen. It is the other themes like fate and hate, which cause the complications for love, but do not take over the role of love.

Mercutio and Benvolio explain love as a form of madness, telling Romeo that h e is sick from his love. This is first shown when Romeo talks so Benvolio about Rosaline, then Benvolio says, "Take thou some new infection to thy eye, and the rank poison of the old will...