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Early on Romeo remarks:" Here's much to do with hate, but more with love". Is this a play about love or hate- or both? By referring to the text, motivate your answer.

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Aryana Masoudi Kashani 10 F Early on Romeo remarks:" Here's much to do with hate, but more with love". Is this a play about love or hate- or both? By referring to the text, motivate your answer. The play is motivated by both love and hate. As there are a variety of characters that all are motivated by love or hate in different ways. The love which Romeo and Juliet feel shows that this play is also about passion and love. Where as some may say that the play is motivated by hate as the two families" ancient grudge" has not ceased to stop. This suggests that the balance of love and gate throughout the play is constant. In act1 scene2 Romeo an assortment of oxymoron's " heavy lightness, loving hate (and) serious vanity" to describe his feelings about the concept of love, having had unrequited love from Rosaline. The oxymoron's show us also that Romeo finds the concept of love a confusing one. But this can also be interpreted as thinking that Romeo thinks that the concept of love is pointless and will only get hurt in trying to love again. ...read more.


As Mercutio sees this and out of the love which comes from loyalty and friendship he stands up to the bully Tybalt" I will not budge for no man's pleasure". This shows the audience that Mercutio is motivated by a love for Romeo and a will to please" find me a grave man". Which in turn contrasts Tybalt's motivation, which can be either a love to hate or a love for senseless acts of violence or even a love for his family. Tybalt's aggressive behavior can also be interpreted as an act of pride for his family or a simple act of hate. This implies that although others see him as being motivated by hate he might think differently and think that his actions towards others are acceptable and morally right. A good case of this is of Romeo avenging the" slain Mercutio" by disposing of the " villain" Tybalt. This suggests that like Mercutio he is also motivated by love which also came from loyalty and friendship. Leading the audience to think that the play must also be about different types of love whether it's the love from loyalty which Romeo and Mercutio experience or the love of violence which Tybalt experiences. ...read more.


to be with her love and will take his own life as he would hate being any where else which isn't near Juliet. By the actions in this scene the audience sees how the play is about love as the two lovers are reunited rather than the hate that the two families have towards each other. The Prince's epitaph tells the audience that this play is more about love than hate as the families of the feud have stopped hating each other because the love which Romeo and Juliet expressed was unique. This could be interpreted as being the core of the story while it could be argued that it is neither about love or hate but about learning from mistakes. To conclude, the play can be interpreted about either being about love or hate as each and every character is motivated by forms of love and hate causing the play to maintain consistency in love and hate and so are there for balanced in the end. As there is no longer love between Romeo and Juliet as they are dead and there isn't any hate between the two feuding families as they are mourning over the loss of their children. ...read more.

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