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  1. Kane Simmons says:

    Throughout the speech, Shakespeare compares Romeo to the stars, a thing of beauty. We can see this in the quotation, “Take him and cut him out in little stars” where Juliet is seen to be helplessly in love with Romeo. Shakespeare conveys Juliet’s powerful love by having Romeo compared to stars, a thing of natural beauty. Shakespeare is often seen using warm, light vocabulary when referring to both Romeo and Juliet, and the reoccurring theme of the light in the darkness is often referenced, as it is now. Juliet is seen displaying the power of Romeo’s beauty by stating that the night, an idea often associated with negative themes such as fear or evil, will be loved more than the day, an idea associated with good or love. An example of this can be seen in the quotation, “all the world will be in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun” which further portrays the power of Romeo’s love.

    Shakespeare uses religious language throughout the speech to convey Juliet’s pure love for Romeo. The repetition of the noun “heaven” (which is repeated as the adjective “heavenly”) conveys Romeo’s purity. Shakespeare deliberately uses religious language because, contextually, religion was often associated with good and the purging of sins. This allows the audience of the play to identify a clear link between Juliet’s angelic image and Romeo’s good-hearted soul. The theme of love is also linked to fate at many times throughout the play. Fate is an ideology often associated with the gods. We see an example of this in the prologue – “star-crossed lovers” – where the adjective “star-crossed” is used to describe Romeo and Juliet. The use of the adjective links to fate, and Romeo and Juliet’s love being written in the stars by the gods, showing the power if Romeo and Juliet’s love for each other.

    Shakespeare is often seen portraying Romeo and Juliet’s love for each other through warm language. For example, in the quotation, “But soft! What light breaks through yonder window? It is the east, and Juliet is the west!” we see see Romeo comparing Juliet to a sunrise. This allows the reader to identify Juliet as a good pure character, as she is associated with light. Shakespeare creates beautiful imagery with this quote by linking Juliet to light through the semantic field of sunrise. Juliet is often seen being described through light vocabulary. Tybalt, however, who is the cousin of Juliet is portrayed as a devil like character, and someone who is too rage-filled to see love outside the context of the feud.

    Shakespeare uses the character of Tybalt to show the hate shown towards the love of Romeo and Juliet. Tybalt is directly associated with hellish language and hateful language to show his evil attitude towards the good of love. This could lead the reader to interpret him as the devil because during that time period, the ideology of heaven and hell was very much popularized. Juliet directly contrasts Tybalts evil thoughts towards Romeo by accepting him and loving him. In the quotation, “Peace. I hate the word as I hate hell and all Montagues.” Tybalt is seen using powerful verbs such as “hate” to contrast Romeo and Juliet’s powerful love. Tybalt is such a hate-filled character that he is unable to view people as individuals or outside the context of the feud – “A villain is hither come in spite”.

    Shakespeare presents the themes of death and love as two parallels, meaning that they are directly proportional to each other. An example of this can be seen in the quotation “thus with a kiss I die” said by Romeo in Act 3. We can connote that Romeo’s love for Juliet has caused his death. We can link this back to Act 1, where Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time. Romeo kisses Juliet multiple times, whilst Juliet compliments him on his skill. Juliet is deliberately made to use words relating to the semantic field of religion such as: “pilgrim”, “saint” and “sin”. This is done to subtly forebode the last time Romeo and Juliet meet, in the morgue, a heavily religious environment. This links back to the idea of love and death being parallel as their lives come to an end, as does their love, which was the cause of their deaths in the first place.

  2. Joshua Sandat says:

    Shakespeare presents love in many different forms in the play Romeo and Juliet.
    Love is shown in the line ‘give me my Romeo’. This is because the line shows that she wants to be happy and the way she becomes happy is when she is with Romeo. The word ‘give’ shows that she is in a way demanding that she should be given Romeo so that she can love him and be happy.
    Another line that love is shown in is the line ‘Romeos name speaks heavenly eloquence.’ This shows that Juliet loves Romeo because she is talking admiringly about his name and how wonderful he is. The word ‘heavenly’ shows that she sees him as almost angel like or even godly. This shows that Juliet’s attitude towards love is with an open heart and that she will try to find her one true love.
    Another line that has two attitudes towards love is ‘you wretched.’ This is when Lord Capulet has been told by Juliet that she does not want to marry Paris. One attitude that is shown towards love in this is by Juliet which is that even though she is trying to find the one for her and has an open heart she does not feel like Paris is the one. The other attitude is shown by Lord Capulet and this is that he has a protective love for his daughter which is also shown in the line ‘she hath not seen the change of fourteen years’ and this shows that he loves her and wants the best for her which is why he gets so angry at Juliet because he is putting a lot of effort towards getting her the best life and she is just turning everything he is giving her away.
    Another line that shows love is ‘a rose with another name will smell just as sweet.’ This is said by Romeo when he finds out that Juliet is a Capulet but he does not care, as his attitude towards love is that once he has found it he will do anything to get and keep it. This is also shown in the line ‘I have only eyes for Rosaline.’ The adjective ‘sweet’ is used for something that people find pleasure and happiness and makes their senses want it and this is why Shakespeare uses the word it is to show how Romeo does not care about her surname he still wants to be with her as he thinks she is his one true love.
    Another way that Juliet presents her attitude towards love is in the line ‘to and impatient child that hath new robes.’ This shows that she cannot wait for love and when she finds it she will use it all the time as if she had ‘new robes.’ The word ‘impatient’ shows how she cannot wait for love and wants to find it as soon as possible.
    Another line that shows how attitude is towards love is ‘lay wormwood upon thy dug.’ This us said by Nurse who is going over all the lovely time she had bringing Juliet up. This is a mothering love as in those times it was not unusual to be brought up by another woman who was a sort of replacement mother, as rich women could afford to not bring up their own children and have other people do it for them. This also meant that the child would have a stronger mother to daughter loving bond with their replacement mother than their actual mother as they were used to being mothered by another woman as was Juliet with nurse. This is reflected on Juliet and Nurses relationship as they are very close, this is shown when when Juliet tells only the nurse of her love for Romeo.
    Another way that love can be shown is in the relationship of Mercutio and Romeo. This is shown in the line ‘let your eyes wander.’ This is Mercutio telling Romeo about how he should forget about Rosaline and find a new woman. This shows love because it is family love and so Romeo and Mercutio care for each other and will look after one another if they are in trouble. This relation and care for each other is actually the cause of Romeo finding Juliet at the party and falling in love for her. So this shows how family love can go a long way and cause good things. The word ‘wander’ is used by Mercutio as Shakespeare wants to create the effect that Romeo should look in other places for love and this works.
    Overall Shakespeare used a lot of different characters and scenes to show many different attitudes towards love.

  3. Cameron says:

    The first way in which Shakespeare presents love is through the idea of fate. This is expressed in the prologue, “Star Cross’d lovers.” In other words, the quote is referring to the fact that the stars had aligned for Romeo and Juliet to fall in love. The idea of stars aligning connotes that all the conditions were perfect in order for the two to fall in love. In addition, the idea of stars aligning links to the idea of fate because the fact that the two had fallen in love was an idea pre-destined by the stars themselves. The metaphor of “star-cross’d” demonstrates how their love was meant to be. Similarly, the metaphor lis a method of foreshadwoing the future in the prologue. Cleverly, Shakespeare, like the stars has pre-nominated Romeo and Juliet to fall in love. The effect on the reader of using a metaphor to foreshadow is that it highlights to the reader the extent of the lovers’ passion for one another. At the time in Verona, Roman Catholisism was the predominant relogon. The underlying belief is that God has a plan for each one of his creations. This links to the idea of God due to the fact that God has written it in the stars.

    Alternatively, the prologue itself could be referring to itself as the omniscient point of view. The prologue may not be making a religous so much as using a writing method of foreshadwoing. Shakespeare may not be making a religous statement, therefore. Overall, I do believe Shakespeare uses both ideas to create the idea of foreshadwing in the play.

  4. James Tutak says:

    In Rome and Juliet, love is one of the main themes in the play, with most main characters expressing it towards another.

    Shakespeare presents love as a serious emotion through “pay no worship tot he garish sun” shows that Juliet sees Romeo as almost Godlike, which creates the effect on the reader that love is just like worship. By doing this Shakespeare has made Juliet seem powerful as she is telling the reader and other people that may be listening to worship the one she loves. This makes the reader feel as if Juliet has lost control over her sanity, as her being a young woman in the time this play was set and written would have given her no power. By doing the Shakespeare has presented love as an uncontrollable emotion which can posses someones mind. Also the noun “Sun” highlights how insane Juliet has turned as she would rather worship the one she loves rather than the object which created all life.

    This portrayal of worship through love can also be seen in Romeo. The quotation “O’ she doth teach the torches to burn bright” also evokes a sense of worship within the reader. Romeo is also placing Juliet on a pedestal and raising her to a much higher standard than she is, which may seem strange within the 16th century as men would have done this to themselves making them seem more superior than their woman. By making Romeo and Juliet worship each other Shakespeare has reinforced the relationship between them which make it even worse wen the bond finally breaks. When Romeo uses the verb “teach” it highlights how Romeo sees Juliet as more then she is, as rather her being taught she is the teacher, this makes the reader feel an overwhelming sense of beauty in Juliet as she is seen as the one who teaches beauty.

    Love is presented as an emotion that can never fully satisfy someone. “I have bought the mansion of a love, But not possess’d it” tells us that money cannot buy love, which makes it seem as an emotion that is rare and hard to get. This makes the reader feel that Romeo and Juliet’s love is more important as Juliet portrays it as something rare. The verb of “bought” reinforces this point as money represents power and wealth , so if you are able to buy a “mansion of a love” but unable to possess it then it shows how rare love is.

  5. tiegan says:

    Romeo and Juliet:

    In the play Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare continually presents the theme of love and this is shown through Romeo and Juliet. The two are unaware of the fact they come from opposing families, this is shown through “my only love sprung from my only hate”. The use of “only love” implies that this will never happen again and they have found the one, the juxtaposition of “love” and “hate” leaves the reader to believe that they’re simply two confused children. The two have allowed themselves to become brainwashed by a family feud and are now amazed by the fact it means nothing because positivity overrules negativity. During this time period there were many feuds in order to protect the family name, the man of the house wold enforce this perception of the other family despite barely knowing them and this is clearly represented by Romeo and Juliet.

    When speaking of Romeo, Juliet says “cut him out in little stars…all the world will be in love with night” and this shows how strong Juliet’s love for him is. This allows the reader to realise she wishes to show everyone Romeo because to her he is a natural beauty much like the stars, it also implied that she is in love with him as people are in love with the stars. The “night” is a period of darkness but the stars shine and provide a light, Juliet is representing Romeo as her light in a dark time and this shows how the love of one person can improve someone’s sight of what is ahead of them. The use of personification through “the world will be in love with the night” implies that everything can love and be loved, there is a touch of command in “will be” and this enforces the idea that Juliet believes no one has the choice to find love and it just happens. Later on in the text Romeo says “a consequence hanging in the stars”, this gives off a sense that Juliet has foreshadowed his future because she was referencing his death when speaking of making him into stars. The use of “consequence” gives off the idea that their love relies on Romeo and his actions, personifying it with “hanging” implies that their love is a waiting game and the outcome is unknown.

    Juliet’s love for Romeo is almost replicating the love a Christian has for God, this can be shown through “Romeos name speaks heavenly eloquence”. The adjective “heavenly” gives off connotations linked to religion and this allows the reader to conclude that Juliet almost worships Romeo, that her belief relies in their love and future. By saying “Romeos name speaks” Juliet is creating an omnipresent feeling and this implied that she sees Romeo to be much like God. Through representing Romeo as a God like figure, Juliet is allowing the reader to infer there must be a sense of omnibenevolence as this is a characteristic of god and represents the two being all loving. The belief in God was very strong during this time period because religion was seen to be the foundation of life and this shows Juliet bringing her belief in God to life. As the play goes on, Juliet states “my grave is likely to be my wedding bed” and this relates to the semantic field of religion because most weddings and funerals occur at church. The implication of “likely” tells the reader she is aware her relationship with Romeo will not last and she has therefore concluded that if she is not to marry Romeo, she is not to marry at all and will decide on death. This also implies that if she is forced to start her life with another, she will kill herself and this comes across as if she is a hypochondriac but shows how strong her love for Romeo was. Juliet is also fighting against her fathers will to marry her off because it was a normal thing for the parents to arrange their child’s marriage whilst still young during this time.

  6. Archie Bostwick-Horton says:

    In this extract of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare presents to us that there is a very strong amount of love between Juliet and Romeo. This is first apparent in the opening line “come night; come Romeo; come, thou day in night”. This use of a triplet explains to us how Juliet cannot bear to be away from her Romeo, and cries out hoping he will return once more. From this the reader soon understands that there is a strong loving bond between these two characters, who cannot stand being away from one another.

    Further on into this extract Juliet begins to tell us what she thinks of Romeo “When he shall die” “he will make the face of heaven so fine.” From this we can infer Romeo is considered of an angel, and when he passes he will improve heavens image. The writer has done this because now the begins to link Romeo to somewhat of an angel. Shakespeare also decided to do this because at the time in which this play was written, religion was a huge part of peoples lives. So by connecting with his audience, it enticed them to watch on.

    Juliet also expresses how badly she wants to see Romeo. She tells us how her love is similar “to an impatient child that have new robes and may not wear them.”Embedding even more just how desperate she is to meet with him. Shakespeare does this so the reader can have a clear understanding of the emotions that Juliet is feeling, at this current moment.

    Shakespeare continues to show this love throughout the entirety of the play. In the prologue he refers to the pair as “star-crossed lovers”. From this we can annotate the idea to fate, and how it was already foretold these two was meant to be with one another. Fate is also linked again to the idea of religion and how God could’ve made these two for each other. Once again by doing this Shakespeare can connect with his audience of that time.

    Also Shakespeare shows love between Juliet’s family. Often throughout this play Lady Capulet will often ask the Nurse to call for Juliet. As the reader we see this a common nature, due to the Nurse being the Capulets servant. But as Juliet arrives to speak with her mother she informs the “Nurse give leave a while.” Immediately after Lady Capulet calls “Nurse come back.” This is because there is a more loving bond between the Nurse and Juliet like a mother and daughter, than Lady Capulet and Juliet. Although this was not seen as uncommon during the time this was set, as many wealthy households much like the Capulets and Montagues had many servants. Who was closer to the masters children than they was. As the reader we soon understand how this family is set out, and where the closer relationships lie.

  7. Alex Kheder says:

    In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare presents attitudes towards love through using the semantic field of fat to demonstrate to us as an audience the passion that these “star cross’d lovers” have for each other. Juliet has a strong passion for the love of Romeo, that “he will make the face of heaven so fine” implying that Juliet is wanting to go to heaven with the intention that she goes with Romeo and be the “face of heaven”. This could foreshadow the later events within Romeo and Juliet that Romeo dies and Juliet following with this quotation could be a reference towards that event. This links back to attitudes towards love, that the “star cross’d” lovers” will do anything they please to be with their lover. This mutual relationship between Romeo and Juliet is strong as the feud between these households means that Romeo and Juliet are in love with each other as they may’ve never experienced the true meaning of love. This could link back to the fact that “let two summers pass by” as “she’s only thirteen” implies an element that Juliet is inexperienced as she is only thirteen. Despite this, it was common that a young girl could marry an older man in the Elizabethan Era and this idea of Romeo and Juliet’s love for each other completely juxtaposes the idea that this was common. This leads to us as an audience feeling sympathetic that due to the household’s conflict, this relationship is unable to happen. Linking back to the overall theme of love, the Capulets and the Montagues demonstrate a lack of love and Romeo and Juliet are demonstrating love therefore, Romeo and Juliet may be attempting to encourage a change within society towards these two households to enable them to have their love. This links back to the overall theme of attitudes to love as women such as Juliet will go to certain extents to be with their lover despite their family’s feud. The Elizabethan Era was a patriarchal society which meant that men were more dominant than women which it leaves us as an audience wonder why Romeo didn’t try had enough with his dominance as a man to be with Juliet. Alternatively, “the face of heaven” could be referencing the death of Tybalt that occurs later within the play. Despite the death of her cousin, Juliet would still think that Romeo is the “face of heaven” instead of Tybalt which links to attitudes towards love that Juliet is choosing to be more concerned about Romeo and that love towards Romeo is more important than her love towards Tybalt. This could give us as an audience an insight about Juliet’s personality as this quote is stated towards the beginning of the play which means that Juliet is more concerned about Romeo than her family despite her families’ feud.

    Juliet uses colour imagery through using “raven’s back”, “black-brow’d night” and instructs Romeo to “come, thou day in night;” which is stated in iambic pentameter which demonstrates to us as an audience that Juliet is in control of what she is saying. The use of the Iambic pentameter “come, night; come, Romeo; come, thou day in night;” could suggest that Juliet is certain that she is in love with Romeo as she is in control of what she is saying with the consistent use of iambs. However, the use of the iambic pentameter often portrays that the character has a high social status moreover, a high level of authority and we as an audience have established that Juliet is a young girl who doesn’t have a high social status. This has implications that Juliet is going to extents just to be with Romeo, whatever the consequences could be. This links back to the overall theme of attitudes towards love, that Juliet will exhibit a high social status towards Romeo for him to be captivated towards her as this could link back to the fact that Juliet is inexperienced and doesn’t have the full knowledge about love. This means that she may complete actions that may not be suitable for her age of authority and that her main priority is to be with Romeo. The use of the semantic field of “black”, the noun “raven’s” and “night” all come under the category of darkness and negatively. As we as an audience often associate the colour “black” with pessimism, we as an audience can imply that negatively could be hinting within this statement and further imply that maybe Juliet is aware of the consequences during the “night”. This completely juxtaposes the idea the idea that Juliet is inexperienced and that she doesn’t have extensive knowledge about love which links to the theme of attitudes towards love that, despite Juliet knowing the consequences of love, she would continue to pursue her love for Romeo. Alternatively, Juliet could be foreboding the death of Tybalt and how that may be a consequence of love and relationships linking back to the fact that Juliet has more of a priority being with Romeo which Tybalt may not like.

  8. Adam Chalk says:

    Shakespeare presents attitudes towards love throughout the whole of the play. In this extract Shakespeare presents attitudes towards love through Juliet and her speech. Juliet says, “I have bought the mansion of a love.” The noun, “Mansion” is a word to describe a very large house. This suggests that she loves him very much and he cares for all her needs like a Mansion does.
    This idea is reinforced by the wat she looks up to Romeo. We know this from when she says, “he will make the face of heaven so fine.” Shakespeare used many religious references in his writing because in this time period many people supported the church and almost all were extremely religious. The way Juliet describes Romeo as, “the face of heaven” suggests she is linking him to an angel/god-like figure. From this we can infer that Juliet thought highly of Romeo.
    In the rest of the play Shakespeare presents love as difficult. He does this through when Juliet says, “My only love sprung from my only hate.” This suggests Juliet knows that Romeo is a Montague so she knows that her family would forbid her marrying him. Also Lord Capulet wanted her to marry Paris. In this time period the father deciding who his daughter would marry was common as men were seen as superior compared with women.
    Shakespeare also presents how love can be traumatic through the prologue where he says, “two star cross’d lovers take their life.” The effect this has on the reader is that it makes them understand how hard it was for two completely different people to be together.
    In conclusion Shakespeare presents love through many different ways and ideas to interest the reader so they don’t know what will happen to Juliet.

  9. Luke Roddy says:

    In the play Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare presents attitudes towards love in many different ways. The first way love is presented is that love is the most valuable thing someone can have. This can be seen when,”O, I have bought the mansion of love”. the quote shows that Juliet has found a love for Romeo that she is comparing to a mansion. Mansions in the 16th century, when the play is set, would have been worth a lot of money as it is now, but it also showed how rich someone was, so it was very valuable to their owners. Shakespeare uses this to give the full effect to the audience of how much this love is worth to Juliet, that she would compare it to possibly the most expensive thing someone owns. the verb ‘bought’ isn’t meant as literally buying Romeo’s love or anything like that, but mainly intended to continue the metaphor of the mansion representing Juliet’s love for Romeo.

    Also in the play, Shakespeare presents attitudes towards love as love being artificial or given away by the consent of parents. This can be seen when, “get to church a’Thursday or you will never look me in the face again”. The quote is taken from the part in the play when Capulet has allowed Paris to marry Juliet and Juliet has refused to marry him. It wasn’t uncommon in the 16th century, mainly in higher classes, to have the parents hand their child over to be married to someone, generally slightly older men if you were handing away your daughter. On the other hand though, it was uncommon for the child to refuse getting married as Juliet does. This is why Capulet gets so angry at her as she is meant to obey him whatever he says. When a child is given away to be married it wasn’t usually their choice and they didn’t always love them, but they may eventually when forced to.

    In the play, Shakespeare also presents love as something that cant be waited for. This can be seen when,”so tedious is this day as is the night before a festival to an impatient child that hath new robes and may not wear them”. The quote emphasises how strong Romeo and Juliet’s love is and from what we can see from Juliet’s side at least, that they can’t bear to be apart from one another. This is strange when you look at everyone else in the play, as you don’t see anyone else act this way around love. This gives the effect on the audience that their love is much more real than any forced marriage between Juliet and Paris for example, showing this something special between them. The adjective ‘tedious’ gives the effect on the audience that nothing is worthwhile or interesting compared to the presence of Romeo to Juliet, proving how much he truly means to her. Alternatively it could also be linked to later on in the story, foreshadowing that life isn’t worth living without Romeo as life is just ‘tedious’ to Juliet, which is why she eventually kills herself later on when Romeo does the same thing because of her being allegedly dead moments before.

  10. millie says:

    Shakespeare presents the theme of love throughout the whole play. We see that the theme of love results in feuds and deaths. This shows how much some of the characters cared about love, and that they could die for it.
    In this extract we see how Juliet is talking about how she feels about Romeo and is expressing her feelings. In the time the play was written it was not normal for people to be marring for love, they would normally be marrying as an arranged marriage from their family to gain wealth and status. When Juliet says ‘give me my Romeo’ in the extract we see how even though she has been told to marry Paris, she wants to marry Romeo as she believes he is the one she is meant to be with. The possessive pronoun ‘my’ shows that Juliet is saying how Romeo is hers. This shows to the audience that Juliet thinks Romeo is now her possession. She repeats ‘my’ later on in the extract when Juliet says ‘my nurse’. This repetition can infer that when Juliet sees something she wants, she will try as hard as she can to get it. This links back to how much she wants Romeo, and she even disobeys her parents in order to secretly plan to marry him. Furthermore, in the quote ‘my nurse’ it shows how close she and her nurse are. The theme of love is shown between Juliet and the nurse as well, as the nurse has been a mother like figure to Juliet from when she was born. Having a nurse to look after your child in the time period the play was set was normal as it was seen that the mother shouldn’t do all the work, someone else could do it for them.
    In the extract Juliet mentions ‘little stars’ which shows that if Romeo was to die she would want to look up at the sky and see him. This shows how much she loved him. The noun ‘stars’ has connotations with pretty images and peaceful so by saying this is shows how she wants him to be happy and peaceful wherever he is and whatever happens to him. We can see how much Romeo cares for Juliet as he says he would ‘give up his good name’ for Juliet. This implies that he will leave his family just to be with Juliet. When the play was written it was known that some families were not as close as others, this links to Romeo with his parents. We don’t see a lot of Romeos parents however when Romeo says he will leave his family is shocked the audience as we would not see it as normal for a teenager to run away with someone they had just met.

  11. Harry Arnold says:

    In the play, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare presents many different attitudes towards love through a variety of the characters.

    Firstly, in the extract as a whole, Shakespeare uses Juliet to express and attitude towards love. After Tybalts death and Romeo’s banishment, Lord Capulet begins to plan the wedding of his daughter and Paris, she retaliates begging to delay the date of the wedding, threatening “then make my bridal bed in the dim monument where Tybalt lies” if it is not delayed. The use of this juxtaposing phrase is to identify Juliets feelings of love. The use of the noun phrase ‘bridal bed’ is to imply how love should be a happy occasion but is soon contrasted with how Juliet feels towards the wedding through the use of the noun ‘dim’ which makes the reader think that Juliet isn’t happy with marrying Paris and that her Father forced it upon her.

    Furthermore, Shakespeare uses Tybalts hate to express the feelings of Romeo and Juliet. “Peace? I hate the word, as I hate all Montagues and thee”. The use of triplets is to emphasise the hatred between the two opposing families which makes the reader think that the love between Romeo and Juliet is extremely strong as they are forgetting the pure hatred between the two families, which is shown through the repetition of the negative noun ‘hate’. Moreover, Tybalt expresses ‘pure hate’ towards the Montagues, as during the 1600’s two households were believed to of had a massive feud over a grudge held between the families for years. The use of this oxymoron of two juxtaposing words is to express how the families share so much negative tension and makes the reader see that somehow love was found in that hate, which portrays the strength of Romeo and Juliet’s love.

    Additionally, in the extract, Shakespeare uses Juliet to express her love to Romeo. “I have bought the mansion of a love”. The use of the verb ‘bought’ and the noun ‘mansion’ are used to express how Juliet feels, which is that the love she has got from Romeo is one not shown to many. The use of the noun ‘mansion’ supports this idea as only a small percentage of people have access to a mansion, making the reader think that Romeo’s love is extremely valuable to Juliet.

    In addition, Shakespeare uses Romeo to express the idea of love through hate. “Love is a smoke made from sighs”. The use of sibilance is to imply the constant use of a ‘s’ sound, which is used for the sound of a snake. Snakes are usually related to the idea of danger and violence as they can be vicious creatures. This idea is used to resemble the feud between the two families, but Romeo uses the juxtaposing idea of ‘love’ to imply that all the violence created love within the hate.

    Moreover, Shakespeare uses the Nurse to express love towards Juliet. Throughout the play, the Nurse supports Juliet as a motherly figure, “She hath not seen the change of 14 years”. This quote infers to the reader that the Nurse has been supporting Juliet from a very young age as she knows her very well. This is portrayed through the use of the verb ‘seen’ as it implies that the nurse has been with Juliet throughout the years of her childhood. During the 1600’s, it was common for a young girl to have a nurse that would take care of her whilst growing up. The idea of love is shown as Juliet sees the nurse as more of a mother than her genetic mother which implies that Juliet loves the nurse and sees her as a motherly figure.

    Overall, Shakespeare expresses love in various manners. Through Juliet he implies love through forced marriage but also used Tybalt and Romeo to express the idea of love within hate.

  12. lauren whiston says:

    In Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare presents attitudes to love as almost exaggerated but consequential.

    In the extract, Juliet describes her love for Romeo ironically. “When he shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars, and he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night.” This quotation means that when Romeo dies he will go to heaven and make up the stars in the sky; and because he is so perfect everyone will be in love with night as he shall be present. This demonstrates how love is perceived as exaggerated because of the use of metaphoric language- “the face of heaven”, giving us the connotations of the extent she ‘loves’ Romeo. However, this quotation is ironic because she mentions “when he shall die” and as an audience we understand that Romeo along with Juliet die a tragic death which is not ‘heavenly’ at all.

    In the early stages of the play, we notice how Shakespeare presents love as exaggerated when Romeo claims to be in love and falls in love with another girl. Romeo is known to be in love with Rosaline, explaining there is nobody more beautiful than her. Although, a few hours later Romeo meets Juliet and exclaims “has my heart loved till now”. This is effective because the use of the rhetorical question further highlights the fact that he did not love Rosaline and his feelings towards her were extremely exaggerated.

    Shakespeare explains to the audience in the prologue that love in Romeo and Juliet is fated and consequential. “A pair of star crossed lovers”. This demonstrates that their love was fated for consequence- it was written in the stars that they would not survive as a couple because of the hatred between their families. Furthermore, the prologue also describes the love between them as “death marked”. This demonstrates that a key attitude towards love is consequence because their love is almost cursed with death.

    The consequence of their love is a key theme within Romeo and Juliet. Juliet comments that “my only love sprung from my only hate”. This explains to the audience that the only person she has ever loved is the only person she is supposed to hate. The repetition of “only” draws the attention to how consequential their love is because it is exaggerating the irony that the only person she will ever love found out to be the only person she is destined to hate.

    Finally, the end of the play proves the idea that love is perceived as consequential as we understand that they both end up committing suicide due to misinterpreted events.

  13. Luke Thornton says:

    In the play Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare represents the theme of love. This can be presented through the quote “Take him and cut him out in little stars, and he will make the face of heaven so fine”. The quote suggests that Juliet always wants to be reminded of Romeo and she always wants to see him even when he dies so she can remember him and the time they spend together. The phrase “cut him out in little stars” could suggest that Juliet wants Romeo to be painted in the stars, so everynight she can’t physically see him, she can still look at the sky and see him. This represents love because Juliet always wants to see Romeo just like any person in modern times that is in love, they always want to see the person that they are in love with. The quote I have bought a mansion of a love” also represents love. The quote could suggest that Juliet thinks that she has got the biggest love that she can get, which is represented by the noun ‘mansion’, and that nothing could replace it because people don’t sell their mansions unless they need or have to.

  14. Adam Ketley says:

    First of all, in this extract, Shakespeare presents attitudes towards love in Romeo and Juliet through the semantic field of being godlike. For example he uses words like “stars”, “heaven”, “worship”, “sun”, “heavenly,” to imply that Romeo is like a god to Juliet and he is perfect in her eyes. The noun “sun” indicates that he is the centre of the universe which indicates how Juliet thinks he is perfect. This encourages the reader to believe that Juliet is in love with Romeo because he is her god, however this could also cause the reader to think Juliet is crazy because she’s so madly in love with someone she’s just met. At the time of the play, it would be normal for people to get together at an early age because they did not live as long as people nowadays so they were forced to do things earlier such as getting married. Alternatively, the plural noun “stars” implies that Romeo is everywhere which emphasises these godlike features Juliet portrays him to have. This might cause the reader to think that Juliet is in love with Romeo because she gives him powers everywhere around her whilst also being the centre of the universe which indicates she can’t get enough of him, emphasising this love she has for him. At the time of the play, it was normal for people to fall in love at an early age because their parents would force them to. This was becayse if they didn’t start early, they would die having not lived a full life, because the average life span of a person was quite low back then because there was no technology and medicine keeping them alive.

    Secondly, in this extract, Shakespeare presents attitudes towards love in Romeo and Juliet through the semantic field of comfort. For example he uses words like “he”, “snow”, “gentle”, “loving”, “eloquence” to imply that Juliet feels comforted by Romeo and just thinking about him makes her think about bright, comfortable settings. The adjective “gentle” suggests Juliet feels comfortable with Romeo because he is gentle which emphasises her love towards him because he makes her feel comfortable. At the time of the play, this may have been surprising because some men were abusive towards their partners because there weren’t any laws against it so men would force women to marry them and then make them become housewives. Alternatively, the noun “snow” suggests she is comforted by Romeo because usually snow is associated with comfort due to its white colour being associated with soft pillows and cushions. This may encourage the reader to picture a bed of snow in their mind making them feel comfortable just like Juliet.

    In the play as a whole, Shakespeare presents attitudes towards love between the Nurse and Juliet. For example when Nurse says “The earth hath swallowed all my hopes but she, she is the hopeful of my earth,” it suggests that Juliet is her last hope because her daughter died, which emphasises love because the Nurse is treating Juliet like her own daughter. The repetition of the noun “earth,” indicates that the Nurse thinks Juliet is her world which highlights this love the Nurse has for Juliet. At the time of the pay it was normal for the wealthy to buy a nanny for their children because they didn’t have time to take care of them. Alternatively, the repetition of the personal pronoun “my” emphasises this mother/daughter relationship because the Nurse sees Juliet as her child, highlighting the love she feels for Juliet. This may encourage the reader to see that the Nurse has a very strong bond with Juliet – as if she was her mother. At the time of the play, it would be normal for nannys to have stronger bonds with the kids than the mothers because they take care of the children from a very early age and spend a lot more time with the kids.

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