How Does Shakespeare Show Love in Romeo and Juliet? Essay

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How does Shakespeare show love in Romeo and Juliet

Love is a powerful human emotion which can manipulate you to do would or could regret in life. In ‘Romeo and Juliet’ , Shakespeare talks about all types of love; aggressive, friendship, unrequited and romantic love. Shakespeare shows different emotions to each type of love. By doing this it makes each type of love unique and different and also exciting as every love differs.

In the play the first type of love that is shown by Shakespeare is aggressive love. In the beginning Sampson and Gregory have a conversation about their foes and how they see women, “ Women, being the weaker vessels”. This gives out a negative attitudes through the characters to the audience as they use
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Shakespeare shows this in a very clear and understanding way.

Unrequited love is another type of love that is displayed by Shakespeare through the characters Romeo and Rosaline. Romeo’s heart was torn into pieces by Rosaline as she didn’t feel the love he felt for her, “she’ll not be hit with cupids arrow”. By Romeo using such depressing language to portray how upset and down he is shows the passion he had for Rosaline, “ sad hours seem long”. Romeo also uses oxymoron’s to describe how grieved and hurt he feels, “ I live dead”, O loving hate”. This reveals how confused Romeo feels as the unreciprocated love has made him feel shut down, “ I have a soul of lead”. Romeo uses negative words against himself to explain his emotions which points out to the audience that unrequited love is very heartbreaking and sorrowful and also that you shouldn’t love someone so instantly as it can result to disappointment. Shakespeare points out this type of love very well as he uses very sad language through the characters to express what they feel and also because people from the olden and modern time can relate to it as everyone has experienced unrequited love in life.

Friendship love is very important as caring for someone is one of the most essential part of a friend ship qualities which is presented by Shakespeare . This is learnt through the character Mercutio as he shows his supportive side when Romeo was feeling down,

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