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Contrast the opposing themes of 'Love and Hate' in the play Romeo and Juliet.

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English Coursework Contrast the opposing themes of 'Love and Hate' in the play Romeo and Juliet. Throughout the play Romeo and Juliet there are two very strong emotions which threaten their relationship. These two emotions are love and hate. The love that Romeo and Juliet have is threatened by there families full of hate (Capulet and Montague). These two emotions interweave throughout the whole play. In Act 2 Scene 2 Juliet makes a comment that displays both love and hate. 'If they do see thee, they will murder thee'. In this quote the love is between Romeo and Juliet as she fears for his safety at the hands of her kinsman. The hate is of Romeo by the kinsman as they are after him prepared to kill. The hate that the Montague and Capulet family have is like a law and anybody who becomes a part of either family should automatically hate each other. This will destroy Romeo and Juliet's relationship as they are both from each of the families. Live, in Verona's masculine society, is all about domination as the males should always rule and be in charge. The macho servants of the Capulet always joke about how the male could be aggressive without the women having any power. In Act 1 Scene 1 they use words such as 'stand', 'thrust', 'maidenheads', 'tool' and 'weapon'. ...read more.

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Juliet replies, 'Tis but my name that is my enemy'. (Act 2 Scene 2). Their love is in conflict because of the feuds between the families. It is only because of her name that she has doubts. She really loves him and wants their relationship to work as much as Romeo. Mercutio is extremely angry that Romeo has refused to fight him so he chooses to challenge Tybalt instead. Romeo tries to make peace because of his love for Juliet and he doesn't want a Capulet in the feud. 'Hold Tybalt, Good Mercutio'. (Act 3 Scene 1). He stops the Capulet and comments on Mercutio for not retaliating. Unfortunately it was too late and Mercution was wounded fatally. As Mercutio falls to the ground he curses both families, Montague and Capulet. 'A plague a' both house'. This shows what hate and disrespect leads to. In this comment Mercutio curses both families after what the pointless feud led to. Whilst walking in the streets of Verona, Romeo begins blaming himself for the death of his good friend Mercutio. He is determined to seek revenge on Tybalt but at the same time he fears that his love for Juliet has weakened his courage. After Mercutio's death Romeo made vows that he would kill Tybalt despite of his feelings and love for Juliet. When Romeo meets Tybalt he says, 'Either you, or I, or both must go with him'. ...read more.

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Just before drinking the potion Juliet thinks of a number of consequences such as; will she awake before Romeo arrives at the tomb? Will she go mad with dread? Is the Friar honest? Moments before drinking the potion Juliet quotes, 'Romeo, Romeo, Romeo! Heres drink - I drink to thee'. (Act 4 Scene 3). She expresses her love for him as she is willing to pay a number of consequences to be with Romeo including death. After Friar Lawrence's plan Romeo was supposed to receive a message that when he arrives at the Capulet's tomb, Juliet will awaken and they can run away and live happily ever after. Sadly Romeo does not receive this message and decides he will kill himself next to Juliet in the Capulet tomb thinking she is dead. 'Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee tonight'. (Act 5 Scene 1). Romeo feels that he has let Juliet down dearly so that is why he decides he shall kill himself by her side. The love in this is that he has decided to kill himself in respect for the love that he has for Juliet, and the hate is of himself for fleeing. Romeo will die still loving Juliet. In conclusion I have decided that throughout the play Romeo and Juliet loves triumphs. The love between Romeo and Juliet began many feuds and fights but it was all for a good reason. This reason was that they loved each other and were prepared to do anything for each others love. Love dominates all hate in this play. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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