Essay On Love In Romeo And Juliet

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We see Juliet revealing her love to both her mother, which is done implicitly, and her love for Romeo to the Nurse, which is done explicitly. Juliet straight away professes her love for Romeo to the Nurse but she cleverly uses the guise of wanting to see “that villain Romeo dead”, when in actual fact she does not. She also goes on to argue that if she were to marry, “it would be Romeo, whom you know I hate”. The irony in this is the fact that Juliet does not hate Romeo and Shakespeare could be using this dialogue to lampoon the grudge as Juliet is forced to say wrong about her love but she cleverly professes her love in the guise of grief for her cousin. Shakespeare portrays the immense love shared between Juliet and the Nurse as the kind of love that is based on trust as Juliet trusts the Nurse with a secret that she does…show more content…
The theme of love as being everlasting, intimate and passionate is widely explored by Shakespeare in his other works as well as Romeo and Juliet,such as in ‘Sonnet 116’, where Shakespeare writes “Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks within his bending sickle's compass come; love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, but bears it out even to the edge of doom”. Again this idea that true love will always exist and never die out is commemorated in the play. Done by introducing the unseen character of Rosaline, Shakespeare further emphasises this point as Romeo’s love for her is not true as she is forgotten as soon as Romeo lays eyes upon Juliet. The majority of Shakespeare’s works are based on the idea that love does not “alter when it alteration finds” and this can be seen in Romeo and Juliet, Merchant of Venice, Midsummer Night’s dream as well as all of his sonnets. As well as that, in his works, Shakespeare
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