Attitudes Towards Love in Romeo and Juliet What are the attitudes toward love in this play?

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Is Shakespeare presenting love in all his scenes?  At times there seems a presentation of love that is not really love.  Romeo's unrequited love is a sentiment rather than an emotion, a feeling that finds comfort in antithetical conceits about its misery.  On the other hand, his love for Juliet is an emotion rather than any intellectual thought; it is a spontaneous reaction, sensual and impetuous.

Outside of romantic love in Romeo and Juliet, there are all kinds of love demonstrated in the play.  Romeo's parents love him and want to know how best to help him through his depression at the beginning of the play. (His mother even dies, apparently, because her son has been banished.)  Benvolio obviously loves his friend Romeo, as he attempts to both lure him out of his "Rosaline funk" and save him from capture after he has murdered Tybalt.  Juliet's father does love her, at least at first, when he tells Paris she is too young and she must be in love before he will give her away in...

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