How Does Shakespeare Show Love in Romeo and Juliet?

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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 strong and offensive language to show that women are more defenceless and more vulnerable than men. This makes Sampson and Gregory very misogynistic but by doing this it creates a really strong dynamic in the audience as some of the audience will not agree that women are weaker and some will. By Shakespeare showing this through the characters it makes him very clever as it makes the beginning of the play very rousing. Another way that Sampson and Gregory show that women are weaker than men is by using very intense language to revel that men have more authority upon women, “ push Montagues men to the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall”. Although what Sampson and Gregory have been talking about was quite an offence towards women, they only used such aggressive words to show the love they had for their family and so will say and do anything to defend their own, “ draw thy tool: here comes…the Montagues”. This exemplifies the risks that the Capulets will take, to battle for their closest and de...

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... lovers also because in the real world perfect love does not exist and so it makes the audience more interested because they can relate to it . Shakespeare shows this type of love in a very interesting and confusing way as the characters were from the opposite side and so it made this type of love very unique and different.

Shakespeare represents each type of love in a different way and by making each play distinctive and fascinating in its own way. My favourite type of love is unrequited love because I can link it to my life and also because I find it funny that you can like someone so much and not get it back. The message that Shakespeare is trying to give out is that all types of love has its miserable and joyful points and that love is never perfect. Shakespeare uses different story lines to make each type of love dramatic and amusing way.
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