Different Views of Love Presented in the Play Romeo and Juliet

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Different Views of Love Presented in the Play Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's most famous play, is all about love. Several different aspects of love are presented in the play, including unrequited love, parental love, the love of friendship and romantic love. In this essay, I shall be examining the views Shakespeare expresses on these different forms of love. Romeo experiences unrequited love in his dealings with Rosaline. This form of love is not portrayed in the play as real love, the type experienced by Romeo and Juliet, but as something completely different. When we first hear of Romeo I the play, we are told by his father that he has locked himself in his room and "Shuts up his windows," and "locks fair daylight out". Later in the play, when Romeo is talking to his friends Benvolio and Mercutio, he talks about his love for Rosaline. He says, "Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs," that love is "A madness most discreet", and that "Under love's heavy burden do I sink". These give the impression that Romeo is feeling self-pity for himself because of Rosaline's rejection, but I also think that it shows something else. I think that it shows that Romeo is desperate to be in love, and is in fact in love with the idea of being in love. All of these things show that unrequited love is very different to conventional romantic love. The feelings of self-pity as shown by Romeo move it away from the idea of love, and into the realms of infatuation and lust. This is well put by Friar Lawrence, who says, "young men's love lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes". Parental love is also presented in the play. This type of love is shown to be caring and protective, just after the first confrontation in the play. Lady Montague, Romeo's Mother, after hearing about the fight, asks "O where is Romeo?" and "Saw you him today?" and says that she was "right glad I am he was not at this fray.
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