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Consider how Shakespeare contrasts the love and the hatred in Act 1 Scene 5

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Consider how Shakespeare contrasts the love and the hatred in Act 1 Scene 5 In the 16th Century, William Shakespeare wrote a play that captures the imagination and emotions of people all around the world. The play's title is the famous, Romeo and Juliet. Arthur Brooke originally wrote another similar poem. It was a narrative poem published in 1562, called ' The Tragicall History of Romeus and Juliet.' William Shakespeare took the poem and changed it to his own version. William Shakespeare's version is showing the validity of true love whereas Arthur Brooke's version was a moral story showing the dangers of physical attraction. So there's quite a difference in the emotion that you feel when reading the two different poems. Elizabethans regarded Italy as a wealthy, romantic country, where lovers were found. In the typical 16th century theatre, there were many plays based on sexual and social intrigues. They were about young men falling in love with young, rich women. Nurse even proves this by saying, "I tell you, he that can lay hold of her Shall have the chinks." (Act 1, sc. 5, lines 115-116) Chinks means money, so the meaning of quote simply means that anybody who ends up marrying Juliet would be very wealthy. The play shows the passionate, violent and often desperate lives of the young youth. In this play, Shakespeare explores young love, and the consequences they can receive from their actions. Romeo and Juliet knew they were destined to be together, despite the fact that both of their families were enemies and would forbid them to marry. ...read more.


Which is exactly what happens which is a huge coincidence... "The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand, And touching hers, make blessed my rude hand." (Act. 1, Sc. 5, lines 49-50) This basically means that when the dance has finished Romeo is going to watch where Juliet stands and her touching her hand will make his rough hand blessed because she is so special. Every time there is a speech between Romeo and Juliet the words that are said are always about love and peace in the way they are talking to each other. "My lips, two blushing pilgrims ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss." (Act 1, Sc. 5, line 100) Romeo has just met Juliet and Romeo says at first that he wants a kiss from her and he's confident when he's saying it. But Juliet's smart, she's just met this stranger and she's not going to kiss him straight away because she wants to get to know him first. So she says some things that relate to religion to tease him a bit. "And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss." (Act 1, Sc. 5. Line 99) And it goes on with Juliet teasing Romeo until in the end they kiss and they are in a pure love situation. Every time Tybalt is on the scene, there are always words of hatred and anger. "To strike him dead I hold it not a sin." (Act 1, Sc. 5, Line 58) Tybalt is talking about Romeo in this quote. ...read more.


The story of Romeo and Juliet is more to do with love than hate. Nearly every scene of the text has love conveyed in some way in them. From the pain Romeo suffered from the rejection of Rosaline, to the first scene where the two meet. The only scene in the whole story where love isn't conveyed is the very first scene where we see the first conflict between the Capulets and the Montagues. That just shows how much of an impact love has in Shakespeare's story about two star-crossed lovers. Romeo and Juliet had such a strong love that they would die for each other. This is what Shakespeare is trying to show us what love is all about and this is why he chose to write this story, not to show hate, but to show love. The love in the story is not only shown between Romeo and Juliet. It is also shown in the form of filial love between Romeo and Mercutio. Romeo 'loved' Mercutio as a friend so much that he would vow revenge on the person that brought upon his death. The friendship was everlasting and would always be treasured by Romeo, even after Mercutio's death. Hate is only shown between the two families only when they are together, not when they are living their normal lives. Most of the hate comes from Tybalt's mouth anyway; we hardly hear any words of hate from anyone else's mouth. I have come to the conclusion that Romeo and Juliet is more to do with love than hate because of the style of language used and the way the characters express how they feel about one another. Nadia Said 10E 10.3 ...read more.

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