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Types of Love in Romeo and Juliet
Transcript of Types of Love in Romeo and Juliet
Examples of Unrequited Love include the pairs of:
Romeo for Rosaline
Paris for Juliet
The obvious case of Romantic Love in the play would be the story of Romeo and Juliet themselves.
"O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!...So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows as yonder lady o'er her fellows shows...Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." (lines 42, 46, 47, 50, 51, Act I, Scene V)
"So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called, retain that dear perfection which he owes without that title. Romeo, doff thy name; And for that name, which is no part of thee, Take all myself." (lines 45-48, Act II, Scene I)
Romeo for Rosaline
"She'll not be hit with Cupid's arrow. She hath Dian's wit, and in strong proof of chastity well armed, From Love's weak childish bow she lives unharmed." (lines 201-204, Act I, Scene I) This quote by Romeo explains that Rosaline refuses to fall in love, like the goddess of chastity, Diana.
Paris for Juliet
"Speak briefly, can you like of Paris's love?"
"I'll look to like, if looking liking move; But no more deep will I endart mine eye than your consent gives strength to make it fly."(lines 97-100, Act I, Scene III)
Paris is in love with Juliet, having made an offer to marry her, but Juliet is not interested in his admirable qualities, which are espoused by the nurse and Lady Capulet. She only agrees to look at Paris, but says that she will look closer if she is interested.
Types of Love in Romeo and Juliet Acts I-II
"When the devout religion of mine eye maintains such falsehood, then turn tears to fires; And these, who, often drowned, could never die, Transparent heretics, be burnt for liars!" (lines 88-91, Act I, Scene II) Romeo claims that if his eyes are capable of such a lie that another lady might be more beautiful than Rosaline, his eyes should be burned and his tears should be turned into fire. Romeo explains the depths of his love for Rosaline, who doesn't know or care.
"Out of her favor where I am in love." (line 161, Act I, Scene I) In this quote, Romeo sums up his unrequited love for Rosaline by explaining that he is out of her favor, but that he is hopelessly in love with her.
"Younger than she are happy mothers made." (line 12, Act I, Scene II) Paris says this in objection to Lord Capulet saying that he wishes for Juliet to mature two more years before she can be married. Paris is there to follow up on his offer to marry Juliet, and this line shows that he does want to marry Juliet.
This quote shows that upon seeing Juliet, Romeo instantly falls in love with her and completely forgets about Rosaline.
Juliet confesses that she loves Romeo and asks him to get rid of her only enemy's name so that they can be together. Juliet has also immediately fallen romantically in love with Romeo.
"If that thy bent of love be honorable, Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow, By one that I'll procure to come to thee, Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite; and all my fortunes at thy foot I'll lay and follow thee my lord throughout the world."
(lines 143-148, Act II, Scene I)
Romeo and Juliet decide to get married the next day, and Juliet also says that she will tie all her fortunes to Romeo's and follow him wherever he may go. Romeo and Juliet's reasoning for this is purely their romantic love.
Important to solving the great feud between the House of Montague and the House of Capulet is the love that each respective pair of parents has for their children. This would be Lord and Lady Montague for Romeo, Lord and Lady Capulet for Juliet, and the Nurse for Juliet. The Nurse is not Juliet's biological mother, but she is the one that raised Juliet and helps her in her secret endeavor to marry Romeo.
Lord and Lady Capulet for Juliet
Lord Capulet wants Juliet to mature before anyone marries her, showing his consideration for his daughter's well-being, and his wishes in who she marries defer to hers.
"My child is yet a stranger in the world, She hath not seen the change of fourteen years; Let two more summers wither in their pride ere we may think her ripe to be a bride...An she agree, within her scope of choice lies my consent and fair according voice." (lines 8-11,18-19, Act I, Scene II)
Lord and Lady Montague for Romeo
"Could we but learn from whence his roows grow, we would as willingly give cure as know." (lines 147-148, Act I, Scene I)
Nurse for Juliet
"Pray you sir, a word; and as I told you, my young lady bade me enquire you out. What she bid me say, I will keep to myself' but first let me tell ye, if ye should lead her into a fool's paradise, as they say, it were a very gross kind of behavior, as they say; for the gentlewoman is young; and therefore, if you should deal double with her, truly it were an ill thing to be offered to any gentlewoman, and very weak dealing." (lines 141-147, Act II, Scene IV)
There are several pairs of friends in Acts I and II that exibit their own kind of love:
Romeo and Benvolio
Romeo and Mercutio
Romeo and Friar Lawrence
Romeo and Benvolio
Romeo: "...Dost thou not laugh?"
Benvolio: "No, coz, I rather weep."
Romeo: "Good heart, at what?"
Benvolio: "At thy good heart's oppression." (lines 176-179, Act I, Scene I)
Romeo and Mercutio
Romeo: "Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, too rude, to boist'rous, and it pricks like thorn."
Mercutio: "If love be rough with you, be rough with love. Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down. Give me a case to put my visage in. A visor for a visor! What care I what curious eye doth quote deformities? Here are the beetle brows shall blush for me." (lines 25-32, Act I, Scene IV)
Romeo and Friar Lawrence
Friar Lawrence: "In one respect I'll thy assistant be; For this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households; rancor to pure love."
Romeo: "O, let us hence! I stand on sudden haste."
Friar Lawrence: "Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast." (lines 90-94, Act II, Scene III)
Love of Family Honor
Due to the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues, the members of the households are likely to show extra pride in the honor of their families. Some characters that do this are Tybalt and some of Lord Capulet's servants.
"This, by his voice, should be a Montague. Fetch me my rapier, boy. What, dares the slave come hither, covered with an antic face, to fleer and scorn at our solemnity? Now, by the stock and honor of my kin, to strike him dead I hold it not a sin." (lines 52-57, Act I, Scene V)
"Now I'll tell you without asking. My master is the great and rich Capulet; and if you be not of the house of Montagues, I pray come and crush a cup of wine. Rest you merry!" (lines 79-81, Act I, Scene II)
Sampson and Gregory
Gregory: "Draw thy tool! Here comes two of the house of Montagues."
Sampson: "My naked weapon is out. Quarrel! I will back thee." (lines 28-30, Act I, Scene I)
Lord and Lady Montague show their concern for Romeo and say that they would just as easily cure him as know the source of his suffering. In other words, they actually don't really care what is causing Romeo's suffering as long as they can address it.
The nurse feels personally responsible for protecting Juliet if Romeo has any ill will against her. The nurse takes on a maternal role in protecting Juliet, showing a kind of parental love.
Benvolio is a great friend to Romeo, earnestly saying he is more inclined to weep rather than laugh at Romeo's predicament with Rosaline. Throughout Acts I and II, Benvolio acts to stop fights and to genuniely help Romeo forget Rosaline by encouraging him to go to the Capulets' party.
Mercutio is quite something different in terms of a friend to Romeo; while Benvolio seems to always act for the best, Mercutio is only too happy to make crass remarks and potentially embarass Romeo. In this quote, Mercutio is jesting about his disregard for love. Mercutio says that he wouldn't mind wearing an ugly mask to the Capulets' masque.
Friar Lawrence acts as a friend to Romeo by consenting to marry him and Juliet; something nobody else could have done for him. Friar Lawrence is totally in Romeo's confidence; he knows more than Benvolio and Mercutio, who don't even know that Romeo has fallen in love with Juliet, and he knows more than Romeo's own parents, who didn't even know the source of his suffering.
Tybalt holds his family honor very dear and makes it his mission in Acts I and II to attempt to fight and kill anyone associated with the Montagues. He holds his hatred of the Montagues as part of his family pride, and believes that Romeo's very presence is an insult to the House of Capulet.
This servant calls his master great and rich; showing his loyalty to his house, and expressly mentions the Montagues and anyone associated with them as forbidden to go to the Capulet masque. Even this illiterate servant, who only works for the house of Capulet, has internalized the the mutual enmity between the families.
Sampson and Gregory, also just lowly servants of the House of Capulet, have a long talk about violence against the Montagues and immediately start a fight with just some other servants of the House of Montague. They are not Capulets themselves, yet they see the war between the Capulets and the Montagues as their own. It shows a great amount of family honor.