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A critical and analytical essay to show and explore How Shakespeare conveys the theme of hatred and revenge throughout Romeo and Juliet.

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A critical and analytical essay to show and explore How Shakespeare conveys the theme of hatred and revenge throughout Romeo and Juliet. The theme of hatred and revenge is present throughout the whole text. I am going to identify and explore how each dramatic event can be linked back to hatred and revenge or both and how this effects the ending of this terrible tragedy. At the start of the play Shakespeare manages to create an atmosphere of unthinking violence which is shared by the entire community in fewer than a hundred lines. Act 1, scene 1, line 70 spoken by citizens "clubs, bills and partisans! Strike! Beat them down! Down with the Capulets! Down with the Montague's." This shows the hatred but also introduces the two main families. Linked into the text we can see the social and historical aspects of hatred and revenge, which are represented quite differently in the modern film to the original script of drama work, but the same message is portrayed to the audience. ...read more.

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Act 1 scene 1 line 114 "O where is Romeo? Saw you him to-day?" Here we can see how Shakespeare makes a huge leap from violence to love which is effective as it keeps the peace in the scene but also interests the audience again. As the story unfolds, we see how unhappy Romeo is, which made me forget about all, the troubles of before and I began to feel sorry for Romeo. We can see he is unhappy by what his father tells Benvolio (Act 1 scene 1 line 130) "With tears augmenting (adding to) the fresh morning's dew." I also feel this emotion expressed by Lady Capulet, solely as a mother and not a fictional character, helped to get the real characterisation across to the audience. Friar Laurence also plays a key role in the theme of hatred because he intends to use the love between Romeo and Juliet to conquer the hate of both families, which has been around for so long. ...read more.

Conclusion

This causes great difficulties from the start. Juliet tries to obey her family's wishes, but her feelings for Romeo are strong so she can not marry the County Paris because she is already married and the secret marriage was performed only because of their parents feud, the hatred leads to Juliet pretending she is dead which in turns lead to Romeo killing himself over Juliet's supposed death which then leads Juliet to stab herself and the tragedy to be unfolded by Friar Laurence. At the end of the play we do see that some good has come out of this unexpected tragedy- Montague and Capulet both agree to end their feud but it is a shame that it had to result in the deaths of their only children before they came to this agreement. Shakespeare also manages to create an atmosphere of catharsis at the end of the play. This works very well with the tragedies of Romeo and Juliet's death, which brings together the emotions of the audience, purging them by the events of this tragedy and ending on a contradictive, peaceful note. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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