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Discuss how Shakespeare presents the contrast between love and hatred - Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.

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Shakespeare Assignment Discuss how Shakespeare presents the contrast between love and hatred. Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet is a love hate tragedy with a big contrast of love and hate. The language contains oxymorons, colloquial language to show us this. The relationships vary in Romeo and Juliet for example you have the star - crossed lovers and you have the hate between Mercutio and Tybalt and the love for the nurse by Juliet. There is also action in the first scenes to motivate the audience and also to show the hate between the two houses of Montage and Capulet. The play begins with two servants of Capulet standing in a public place in Verona. They joke with each other and boast about each others sexual prowess. One might ask why a play about love begins with so many sex references. In my opinion this again shows a contrast of these brutish men and the gentle love of Romeo and Juliet. The servant urges the other to pick a quarrel with a Montague and one soon purses. ...read more.

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Benvolio tries to find out about Romeo's sadness Romeo says it because of his unrequited love for Rosaline. From this you can see that Romeo is a sensitive and love sick person. Romeo is then angered by discovering there was a riot. Romeo melancholy because he loves a girl who does not love him, he plays with word of how love confuses and mixes up, turning order into chaos. Romeo's language is very interesting. It was fashionable in love poetry in Shakespeare's time to put together such contradictory words. These strange oppositions for example, 'heavy lightness', 'serious vanity', 'feather of lead', 'cold fire', 'sick health', 'loving hate' are all called oxymoron's. These oxymoron's descried the whole play there is an interesting line which really the whole play is all about. 'Here's much to do with hate, but with love.' But some people might disagree. Act 1 Scene 5 shows the party starting with Capulet as the host Romeo and his friend have decided to gate crash the party here Romeo catches the first glimpse of Juliet. ...read more.

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Romeo and Juliet talk for the first time Romeo learns from the nurse that Juliet is a Capulet. Juliet also learns about Romeo 'My only love sprung from my only hate!' Here, Juliet's lines contain examples of many examples of much opposition which run through out the play. She also says 'My grave is like to be my wedding bed' is the first time Juliet speaks in a sombre mood. Death marring Juliet keeps on appearing in the play. The love of Romeo and Juliet is threatened by the hate of the two houses. The hateful honour code that governs the feuding Mafiosi of Verona will destroy Romeo and Juliet as well as Mercutio, Tybalt and Paris. Love in Verona's masculine society, is about domination. The macho servants of Capulet joke sex in violent and aggressive terms. The selflessness of Romeo and Juliet, equal in love, and willing to die for each other, is a strong contrast to the hate that is produced in Verona. Jaskanwar Singh Pabla Coursework Mrs Wright ...read more.

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