Romeo and Juliet – Love

when they see each other at the capulet ball, it was love at first sight. It was also supposed to be true love, genuine and touching. How do Romeo and Juliet fall in love?
Juliet was thirteen, young love is traditionally seen as headstrong and passionate, not wise or realistic. Young love
he deliberately made juliet young – maybe to show that the relationship was immature and reckless, or perhaps it makes their actions even braver. defiantly makes the relationship unconventional ( not conforming ) and striking. why did Shakespeare make juliet so young
you could argue their love is destructive – they put each others lives in danger. If they hadn’t treated love as the only thing worth living for, they wouldn’t have died. destructive love
a way of wooing a lady in medieval times. the man worshipped her from afar, writing poetry and songs about the perfection of his love. the woman was often supposed to remain cold and distant, at least at first. courtly love
follows the traditions of courtly love. he won’t stop loving her even though she wants to “live chaste” (without sex). so he ends up in “despair”. romeos relationship with rosaline
mercutio is an anti-romantic character that regards love as an exclusively physical pursuit. So he makes fun of romeos courtly love for Rosaline, showing courtly love was slightly ridiculous and unrealistic. mercutios opinion on romeos love for rosaline
his love for juliet contrasts the love he had felt for Rosaline. where romeos love for rosaline was more like infatuation, his love for Juliet is true love. romeo and Julie’s love is full of emotion and passion. romeos love for juliet
more just based on sexual attraction not genuine affection. infatuation love
the humorous references to physical desire contrast with Romeo and Juliet’s emotional love and commitment. The servants make jokes about “my naked weapon” and mercutio jokes about rosalines “quivering thigh”. references to physical desire in play
Throughout the play the young lovers are driven by the power of love to defy their entire social world: families (“Deny thy father and refuse thy name,” Juliet asks, “Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, / And I’ll no longer be a Capulet”); friends (Romeo abandons Mercutio and Benvolio after the feast in order to go to Juliet’s garden); and ruler (Romeo returns to Verona for Juliet’s sake after being exiled by the Prince on pain of death in 2.1.76-78). love seen as powerful
At times love is described in the terms of religion, as in the fourteen lines of the sonnet when Romeo and Juliet first meet. Romeo calls juliet a “Holy Shrine” suggesting she is like a deity. Romeo also says that he himself is a “pilgrim” which is someone on a religious journey to a sacred place. Is set in Italy – a very religious country. love seen as religious

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