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Romeo and Juliet's Oppositions

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Romeo and Juliet's Oppositions Shakespeare's play of Romeo and Juliet is filled with many oppositions. This play takes place over four days, however a lifetime of events and experiences are found within it. Love vs. Hate, Old vs. young, Montague vs. Capulet and many more. This is a play of love and tragedy, would Romeo and Juliet both have ended up dead, if they had thought about others not just themselves? Love and hate are the main aspects in Romeo and Juliet and explain the reasons for a lot of the characters actions. Romeo claims that he loves Juliet very intensely, however he also did so with Rosaline. Friar Lawrence, questions Romeo about this. "Is Rosaline, that thou didst love so dear? So soon forsaken? Young men's love then lies" He is making sure that Romeo is positive about his feelings for Juliet. Romeo has only met Juliet once yet they are both passionately in love. Before meeting Juliet, Romeo was very confused about his love for Rosaline. He spent hours weeping for her; he was completely besotted by her. ...read more.


"But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun" He is saying that she shines out through all of the surrounding dullness. He is comparing her to the sun. Their love for each other is not as straightforward as they want it to be. Montague and Capulet are constantly warring in the play and all of the people on either side have a great hatred towards each other. This therefore prevents the lovers from having an open relationship. In Act 2 Scene 2 Juliet speaks aloud about her feeling for Romeo and the prevention of them being together due to their families names. "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father, and refuse thy name" Here she is asking herself why he has to be a Montague. "So Romeo would, where he not Romeo called, Retain that dear perfection which he owes with out that title" Juliet believes that Romeo would still be perfect even if he were not a Montague. ...read more.


Juliet should have considered obeying her parents instead of rushing into marriage with Romeo. She should have thought about, her welfare. In the long run she would have had wealth and if she had married Paris wouldn't have had to sacrifice her whole life, like she had to do with Romeo. She could have kept her family, friends, her home, money and clothes. It was not necessarily love. They sacrificed their lives for an idea of what could be love. The impatience and haste caused by their sudden surges of lust lead to the avoidable death of them both. Shakespeare included another opposition in the play, which is the contrast between old and young. In Act 1 Scene 5, this scene is at a party, most people at this party are young, however Lord Capulet is old and this is shown when he isn't able to dance. "I have seen the day" This on the other hand does not stop him from encouraging the rest of the party from having a good time. Romeo and Juliet are both very young, but yet are acting very maturely. They are ready to get married, but they do not mind going against their parents beliefs to do so. Lauren Sutter 10AK ...read more.

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