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The Concept of Love in "Romeo and Juliet."Carefully explain the concept of love in...
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In "Romeo and Juliet" there are some obvious truths concerning love offered by Shakespeare. First of all, through the main characters, Romeo and Juliet, youthful passion is explored. Both are unwilling to live without the other; however, on a deeper level, Shakespeare uses the lovers to explore love within families. Both characters defy their parents and their feuding families to be together. Their death is possibly the only way the feuding of the Capulets and Montagues would cease. Perhaps, most importantly, youthful love, that of Romeo and Juliet, is passionate and reckless. I doubt if two people in their thirties or forties would wed within a day or two of meeting and then kill themselves if they thought they could not be together!
Posted by reidalot on July 11, 2008 at 4:37 AM (Answer #2)
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Shakespeare introduces the concept of "love at first sight". Ask anyone today if he/she believes in this, and you will get a surprising number of Yes's and No's...almost equal, I would venture to guess!
Posted by amy-lepore on July 11, 2008 at 6:48 AM (Answer #3)
Shakespeare's portrayal of Romeo and Juliet emphasizes the power of love. It can cause people to do unorthodox and irrational things, as in the play. Also, the portrayal shows us how love is not a fairy tale. Love encounters many obstacles and ups and downs, often external to the actual relationship. In the case of Romeo and Juliet, the problems were massive because of the animosity between the two families, who were adamant they not be together.
Posted by kwoo1213 on July 11, 2008 at 5:25 PM (Answer #4)
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Shakespeare explores different kinds of love throughout "Romeo and Juliet," not just with the main characters. For instance, both the Nurse and Mercutio portray elements of the more vulgar side of "love" through their sexual remarks. Juliet's parents illustrate a required love, since it is clear that their marriage was arranged and they have done what is expected of them. Additionally, the Friar depicts a love for the supernatural and Benvolio is a great example of love for friends, since he hurts when Romeo hurts.
Posted by allyson on July 23, 2008 at 6:41 AM (Answer #5)
shakespeare seems to make dramatic of a forbbiden teenage love to advance while captivating his adience in the stupidity of family feuds and the consequences of unyeilding love, not to be had.
Posted by xx--xx on May 26, 2009 at 5:28 AM (Answer #6)
Shakespeare's love in Romeo and Juliet is an innocent love. It was extremely non-sexual; very few jokes were made about them relating to any sexual activity. That is why I think the loves was secondary to the family and from the family and if it was ever going to be reconciled. Their deaths reconciled it.
Posted by epollock on May 26, 2009 at 5:34 AM (Answer #7)
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