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Romeo And Juliet Analytical Essay

Updated on January 10, 2011


Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back.” This quote was by the famous Arthur Rubinstein and explains how no matter who or what you love they will always love you back. This analytical essay is about the different types of love shown in ‘Romeo and Juliet’, a play written by the famous William Shakespeare. One of the most prominent themes in the play is about the different types of love. There are many examples of this that are evident throughout the play such as romantic love, mother and daughter love and the puppy love between Romeo and Rosaline.

One of the types of love in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is the love between Romeo and Juliet. It is the type of love where seemingly nothing can break them apart. Even though there is a feud between the families, Romeo and Juliet still love each other and don’t let their hatred of each other’s family get in the way of their love. “Love give me strength, and strength shall help afford”. (Juliet Act 4, Scene 1 line 125). The language used in this quote shows how Shakespeare manipulated an emotion (love) into something that gives Juliet strength to continue the Friar’s plan to be with Romeo. In Elizabethan times it was common for arranged marriages but Shakespeare changes this in the play and instead of Paris marrying Juliet, Romeo ends up being with her because Romeos love for Juliet is far greater than the love of Paris. In modern days people usually have the right to choose who to marry. There is still arranged marriages but not as common as back in Elizabethan days.

Another type of love present in the play is the motherly love between the Nurse and Juliet. Juliet’s mother, Lady Capulet, is not very good with emotions, and gives no support to her. However, the Nurse acts like her mother by treating her well and helps her to be with her love, Romeo. All the nurse wants is for Juliet to be happy and this is why she helps in forgetting the family feud and helping Juliet marry Romeo. This effect Shakespeare portrays adds great effect and makes the relationship between Juliet and the Nurse similar to if the Nurse was the actual mother of Juliet. “I nursed her daughter that you talked withal”. (Nurse Act 1, Scene 5, line 114). This quote explains how the Nurse nursed the daughter (Juliet). This type of love is very evident in modern days as all mothers should love their daughters and give them as much love possible.

The final love being discussed in this essay will be the puppy love between Romeo and Rosaline. Puppy love is expressed in the play as Romeo loves her but she does not love him back. The love Romeo has for Rosaline is very shallow as nobody thinks it will last for long.  This is why at the start of the play Romeo is very sad, because he and Rosaline have parted. “Out of her favour, where I am in love”.(Romeo Act 1, Scene 1, line 159).Throughout this scene Romeo talks about how perfect Rosaline is, and how he can never forget her, to Benvolio. This quote explains how Romeo is not with her but he still greatly loves her. This love in modern times happens a lot as it is a type of love and not everyone can just be together.

There are many different types of loves evident in ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Shakespeare has included these different loves because it was Shakespeare times and this is what the theatre production and acting companies were like. In Elizabethan times people that spoke Elizabethan English were mainly the high class people of England. This was because the Shakespearean language was a sign of upper class and the lower class usually used normal speech. Many modern day texts are about love, but are not as effective as Shakespeare’s. Shakespeare uses effective language such as Rhyming couplets, metaphors, similes and the Lambic pentameter scheme to represent romantic language. These different language techniques are very rarely seen in modern day love texts.

Shakespeare uses a variety of love to show the difference between the loves, Romeo and Juliet being romantic love, the mother-daughter love between the Nurse and Juliet and the puppy love between Romeo and Rosaline. Shakespeare is a very famous man and people today still read and enjoy his plays; his plays are performed regularly around the world. Love in modern society is everywhere; no matter where you go, you will see it. It is just one of those things that are in the world and will never disappear.


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      alex 4 years ago

      nice essay, but I must say your a little wrong. This story isn´t love at all, its only infatuation.

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      rich_hayles 7 years ago

      Good resource for English Literature students. Well written and makes a few good points.