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Romeo and Juliet

Love
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Olivia Moir

on 21 April 2010

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Transcript of Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet Love Love in Romeo and Juliet is:
innocent
dark
dangerous
beautiful
tragic
limited
deadly
Innocence.
"Did [Romeo's] heart love till now? Forswear it, sight
(f)or [he] ne'er saw true beauty till this night." (I, v, 51 - 50)
When Romeo first sees Juliet he believes she is the most beautiful thing he has ever seen. This innocence is reflected throughout the play as Romeo and Juliet fight so hard to be together after only knowing eachother a few days.
"If that [Romeo's] bent of love be honourable, (t)hy purpose marriage, send [Juliet] word tomorrow (b)y one that [Juliet will] procure to come to thee." (II, ii, 143 - 145)
The balcony scene takes place the night that Romeo and Juliet meet. They are speaking of marriage that very night, which shows a sense of innocence and naivety about love between the two main characters. Dark.
"Here's much to do with hate, but more with love; (w)hy then, O brawling love, O loving hate, O anything of nothing first create. O heavy lightness, serious vanity,
Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms,"
From the very beginning of the play Romeo learns how painful and sad love can be. While being love sick over Rosaline he realises how much pain it can cause. He is now aware of the fact that while love can be beautiful, it can also cause much pain. Dangerous.
"How if, when [Juliet is] laid into the tomb,
[she] wake(s) before the time that Romeo
Come to redeem [her]? There’s a fearful point.
Shall [she] not, then, be stifled in the vault"
Juliet realises the dangers that she may encounter after taking the potion, and yet shows bravery when she goes through with it anyway. Being aware of the dangers and yet pulling through them shows Juliet's character. Tragic.
The love between Romeo and Juliet ultimately leads to their premature deaths. This tragic love, is the only thing that can bring together the two families.
"[Juliet's] only love sprung from [her] only hate" (I, v, 137)
"O brother Montague, give [Capulet] they hand; (t)his is my daughter's jointure, for no more (c)an I demand." (V, iii, 295-297) Limited.
"Hang thee, young baggage . Disobedient wretch [Juliet]. [Capulet will] tell [Juliet] what, get thee to church o' Thursday, (o)r never after look me in the face."
While this play shows the boundlessness love can have, it also shows its limitations. While Romeo and Juliet are eventually willing to take their own lives for their love, Juliets parents show that love is not always unconditional. For when Juliet tells her parents his dislike at the idea of marrying Paris, Capulet is less than pleased. Deadly.
There are several events in this play that imply that love can be a deadly thing. The most obvious of which is the death of the two protagonists.
However there are two other examples of how deadly love can be that should be brought to light.
When Tybalt decides he is going to fight Romeo, regardless of the validity of his anger he still chooses to ask Romeo to duel out of loyality to his family. This family bond and love is what leads to the death of Mercutio.
"Boy, this shall not excuse the injuries [the dishonour Romeo brought to the Capulet family by showing up at the party] (t)hat thou hast done me. Therefore turn and draw." (III, i, 65 - 66)
Once Mercutio has been murdered, Romeo's love for Mercutio makes him want to seek revenge. Tybalts death was the result of the love Romeo had for his friend Mercutio.
"for Mercutio's soul (i)s but a little way above our heads, (s)taying for [Tybalt] to keep him company: Either [Tybalt], or [Romeo], or both, must go with him." (III, i, 126 - 129)
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