April 16, 2015
Types of love in Romeo & Juliet
William Shakespeare once said, “The course of true love never did run smooth”. Shakespeare believes that the road of love is bumpy and he portrays this through his play, Romeo & Juliet. Romeo and Juliet is a play written by Shakespeare that shows that love is stronger than any feud even if it is between the families of the people that are in love. In William Shakespeare’s play Romeo & Juliet, friendship love, romantic love, and love of family honor is shown. Friendship love is portrayed through Romeo and Mercutio. Romeo said, “Alive in triumph, and Mercutio slain![…] Staying for thine to keep him company. Either thou or I, or both must go with him” (III, I, 127-134). Friendship love is shown through Romeo because he wants to do to Tybalt what Tybalt did to Mercutio because he does not think it is fair. Romantic love is portrayed through Romeo and Juliet in many ways throughout the play. When talking about Romeo, Juliet said, “Deny thy father and refuse thy name, or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and I’ll no longer be a Capulet” (II, II, 37-39). Romeo responded, “Call me but love, and I’ll be new baptized. Henceforth I never will be Romeo” (II, II, 54-55). This type of love is romantic because they want to be together to the point where they will no longer carry their family name because of the feud between their families.
In Romeo and Juliet Tybalt shows love of family honor. Tybalt said “Boy this shall not excuse the injuries that thou hast