Romeo And Juliet Essay

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GCSE Coursework Assignment 1: The Shakespeare Unit Examine the presentation of different kinds of love in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, discussing the dramatic reason for their inclusion. In this essay I will examine the different types of love in Romeo and Juliet which are as follows: Romeo’s fashionable love for Rosaline, Romeo’s pure and spiritual love for Juliet, Juliet’s direct honest approach to love, Mercutio and the Nurse’s sexual and bawdy presentation of love and Lord and Lady Capulets’ mercenary attitude to love. I believe Shakespeare included so many different types of love to show contrast between the types and to allow the audience to compare and contrast between the types. Act 1, scene 1 begins when a new mutiny between the two powerful families the Capulets (Juliet’s family) and the Montagues (Romeo’s family) breaks out. This sets the story in a context of hate. The fact that the story begins with the two lovers families fighting displays to the audience that their love will always threatened in the society by conflict. Later in the scene Romeo reveals his love for Rosaline, to Benvolio, his closest friend. This prepares the audience for how easily Romeo gives his heart away. Romeo’s love for Rosaline is also unrequited which draws a comparison for his later and truer love for Juliet. The love exhibited in this scene is Elizabethan fashionable love, otherwise known as unrequited love. The key aspect of unrequited is love that is not reciprocated. This type of love has many key characteristics, many weaknesses but only one strength. Romeo’s language is particularly expressive, showing he is using words as a channel for his emotions; he uses elaborate images and language, showing that what he says may have been rehearsed. Romeo has periods in which he feels physically

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