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Once you have understood how to use the plot and the characters, you should
move onto the themes, which are the basic ideas in /Romeo and Juliet/. The
subject of love dominates the play, but there are many others, such as
death, time, fate and loyalty.

** Love **

Perhaps the most obvious subject or theme in /Romeo and Juliet/ is *love*.
However, Shakespeare presents love in different ways. There is Romeo's
early love for Rosaline. This is like a puppy love, which the Friar calls
'doting' and not 'loving', because it was


how is love presented in romeo and juliet

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