Explore how Shakespeare presents love through language and d

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Explore how Shakespeare presents love through language and drama in the play ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is arguably one of the greatest love tragedies of all time. Scholars believe that Shakespeare found his inspiration for Romeo and Juliet from Arthur Brooke’s narrative poem ‘the Tragicall historye of Romeus and Juliet.’ It was this that Shakespeare used to write his play, he did this by shortening the events of the pay to fit a four day period making it more exciting. The play can easily be known a pay about hate as easily as it is a play about love. Shakespeare uses many different drama devices to drive the play along such as scene setting, through most of the play a private scene is followed up by a public scene. The play tackles many different themes of love; he Romeo and Rosaline to present unrequited love. The nurse and Juliet reflect the love between a ‘mother’ and her child. He also uses contrast and conflict to demonstrate how intense and passionate the love between Romeo and Juliet is. Shakespeare tries to inform his audience on the magnitude of love. He uses the lives of Romeo and Juliet to show how a series of small accidents can shape your life. He uses this to demonstrate to his audi Continue...


However the audience may fell the same way that the Nurse feels and thinks their love is nothing is nothing more than a childish crush. When Romeo and Juliet share their second love scene on the balcony their language is full of references to astrology, expressions such as 'heavens and stars' 'Tow of the fairest stars in all the heavens' 2, 2, 12 This makes the audience think of astrology and horoscopes which reinforce the idea of fate and chance. This much is evident in the language of the sonnet that Romeo and Juliet share. Juliet's proposed marriage to Paris was a far more traditional route, but Romeo and Juliet chose to go against their tradition, society and family knowing the trouble that would cause. Mercutio does not consider love to be the end all that Romeo does, he thinks you should enjoy sex instead, 'By her high forehead and her scarlet lip, by her fine foot, straight led, and quivering thigh' 2, 1, 28-29 The Nurse also has a different view on love than Juliet, including the choice of her live partner. This is because Shakespeare pinpoints almost every type of love a person can have for someone whether it be the love in a family, the love between friends he even talks of the love in arranged marriages. Shakespeare uses the concept of fate and chance controlling our lives throughout the play. Another technique which makes the play more thrilling is the way he contrasts the different types of love. The characters Tybalt and Benvolio are good examples of contrasting and conflicting characters. Elizabethans believed if you died for your beliefs and values you wee considered a true hero. The use of Shakespeare's constant uses of conflict makes Romeo and Juliet a more exciting play as it keeps the audience in a state of constant turmoil. They were convinced that they were destined to be together and did everything in their power to achieve it. In the Elizabethan era, when the play was written, to marry because of love was not the norm. Tybalt loves a good fight, 'I will withdraw but this intrusion shall, now seeming sweet, turn to bitterest gall' 1, 5, 8-9 Benvolio on the other hand, is a peacemaker, good Mercutio let's retire the day is hot. In contrast to this kind of love is the romantic, love at first sight and true love which Shakespeare uses Romeo and Juliet to express.