Romeo And Juliet: A Various Types of Love

            Throughout the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, various types of "love" are displayed . Benvolio believes women are interchangeable, while, at the beginning Romeo believes love is pain. At the beginning Juliet does not even have a definition of love. Paris's and Lady Capulet's definition of love is in appearance. It is obvious that Shakespeare wants the audience to believe that the only "true" or "real" love is the love that exists between Romeo and Juliet. The first type of love the audience is introduced to is the "interchangeable" lo ve of Benvolio. According to Benvolio, a man should "love" a woman for only the duration of their relationship. If their relationship should end, the man should feel no grief. If the woman rejects the man initially, he should still feel no grief. In either situation, the man should simply start a relationship with anot her woman. Benvolio's definition of love shows the audience two things about Ben volio: he is a womanizer and he has never before experienced "true love." The next definition of love comes from Romeo, but before the time he met Juliet. According to his definition, love (or, rather, not returned love) is pain. He h ides from the sun due to the "love" he feels, and does not act like "himself." I believe Romeo is both right and wrong: not returned love is pain, but Romeo doe s not truly love, as he is merely infatuated by a woman. The next definition of love comes from Juliet, who, before meeting Romeo, did no t even have a definition of love. She appears not to know what love is, and, for that matter, does not seem to care. She remains ignorant until she meets Romeo. Another type of "love" we are exposed to during the same scene is the love of Lady Capulet. Lady Capulet believes love comes from appearance, both physical and political, and has nothing to do with emotion. She shows this when she speaks favorably of Paris's looks and his nobility. She also shows that she does not love Capulet when she publicly denounces him.

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