Romeo And Juliet Examples of Love
Uploaded by MJ23 on Jul 05, 2004
Love has existed in many forms throughout time. There is no better example than in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In this tale, when love is most apparent, the most crucial events occur to develop this "tragedy." The evident forms of love are love for friends, "love" for enemies, and love between lovers.
First, love for friends was, and is, a necessity for the characters. Romeo had been in love with a girl who didn't feel love the same way that he did. Consequently, Romeo was distraught. He thought no woman could be as fare as Rosaline. Romeo's friend, Benvolio, thought differently. Benvolio encouraged Romeo to go to the Capulet's feast and accurately predicted that Romeo would find other girls more attractive than Rosaline. This was highlighted when Benvolio said "Compare her face with one that I show, / And I will make thee think thy swan a crow." ( I. ii. 86-87). Later, when violence was prevalent, Benvolio watched out for his friends and relatives, encouraging peace. He spoke against fighting when he said "I pray thee, good Mercutio, lets retire. / The day is hot, the Capulets abroad, / And, if we meet, we shall not 'scape a brawl,"(III. I. 1-3).
The Nurse is Juliet's best friend, but calling her "mom" would be more appropriate. Unlike Lady Capulet, Juliet's mother, the nurse cares for Juliet, knows exactly when she was born, and has fond memories of her childhood. The Nurse acted like a messenger, meeting with Romeo to discuss wedding plans for him and Juliet. The love of friends was necessary for any future love to blossom.
The next form of love was for enemies. The hatred between the houses of Capulet and Montague was known throughout the town of Verona. Hatred had reached the lowest servants from each of the families. Due to the hate, the relationship of Romeo and Juliet would never have been public. The feuding families would have condemned the relationship, something the two lovers could not accept.
In Act 1, scene 2, the fact that Romeo and his friends were uninvited, but still attended the Capulet's party, added to Tybalt's anger. Tybalt was the personification of hatred between the Capulet and Montague families. Tybalt and Mercutio were always ready for a fight. The prince was sick of the fighting and said death would come to anyone from either house if they were caught fighting in...