The various perceptions of love in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Essay by springHigh School, 10th gradeA+, March 2004

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Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous love stories ever written.

The play Romeo and Juliet shows true love in form of two 'star-crossed lovers' and just as there love is depicted as eternal, the play 'Romeo and Juliet' has endured for many years. There have been many adaptations of the play in forms of books, films, ballets and plays.

Several books have been loosely based on the story, all involving two young loves of different race or culture that were not permitted to be together. These are always popular because people want to find true love. The words 'Romeo and Juliet' bring up images relating to true love.

The play also explores many different views of love; each character in the play has a different view of life and personality. Therefore they see 'love' in there different way, which also shows that Romeo and Juliet are different from everyone else, which shows that their love is true and pure.

The play Romeo and Juliet is the story of true love and devotion and is therefore surprising that the first comments made linked to relationships in the play are all about sex. The first two characters that the audience are introduced to are Sampson and Gregory. They both are very vulgar and crude, always making sexual comments and innuendoes.

Both Sampson and Gregory do not see love as involving emotions, desire or passion, but purely as a physical thing. In the play Sampson speaks of women as "weaker vessels" and tells of how he will rape the maids of the Montague household;

"Women being the weaker vessels are ever thrust to the wall,"

"I will push Montague's men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall."

Both Sampson and Gregory have very...