Romeo And Juliet Essay

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In our society, love can be portrayed in thousands of ways. With simple things such as giving someone a hug or something more elaborate such as marriage. These things show are affection and love towards others, but it does not just end there. In Romeo and Juliet, as well as our society, we portray many different styles of love. These styles of love that I thought were portrayed well in Romeo and Juliet were physical love, emotional love, and paternal love.

Physical love is portrayed throughout the book as the normal love that everyone needs. For example, on Act 1, Scene 3, lines 65-67 Lady Capulet states "Marry, that “marry” is the very theme I came to talk of. Tell me, daughter Juliet, How stands your disposition to be married?" Even though marriage is supposed to signify emotional connection between two people but in this case, it is a way for families to carry children in their bloodline, which implies physical love. In addition, another example of physical love is in Act 1, Scene 1, lines 199-203 Romeo says about Rosaline. "Well, in that hit you miss. 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 uncharmed." This quote means that Rosaline has sworn herself to be a virgin for eternity, and Romeo is not happy about that because that is what he was looking for from her. He also claims that he loves her, but in reality he just physically loves her. Finally, a lot of bawdy humour is written throughout the book. For example, in Act 1, Scene 1, lines 18-24 a conversation Sampson and Gregory is heard "'Sampson: Tis all one. I will show myself a tyrant. When I have fought with the men, I will be civil with the maids. I will cut off their heads. Gregory: The heads of the maids? Sampson: Ay, the heads of the maids, or their maidenheads. Take it in what sense thou wilt." This quote represents how people in their society take losing their virginity so lightly and it is just another common form of love and it will happen anytime with anyone. Therefore physical love is very common in Romeo and Juliet.

Finally, paternal love is a love that is seen but not as aware throughout the text. For example, in Act 2, Scene 5, lines 195- 202, the nurse says “Well, sir, my mistress is the sweetest Lady. Lord, Lord! When 'twas a little prating thing -- O, there is a nobleman in town, one Paris, that would fain lay knife aboard; but she, good soul, had as lief see a toad, a very toad, as see him. I anger her sometimes and tell her that Paris is a proper man, but I'll warrant you, when I say so she looks as pale as any clout in the versal world" Although it does not show paternal love exactly, it does imply the nurse does want the bets for Juliet and gives her advice straight from the heart implying some sort of affection...

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