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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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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. 'O brawling love, O loving hate'. This short quote from Shakespeare's romantic, 'Romeo and Juliet' perfectly sums up what I believe the play to be about; both love and hate, entwined with one-another. Without love there would be no hate and without hate there would be no love. Each character is motivated by both at either separate or simultaneous times. To truly prove this we must look at each character individually, but first we must understand what each motive means. By definition, love is when a person or thing shows warm liking or affection for something. Each character shows this emotion; Romeo and Juliet are motivated by love for each other, the friar loves Romeo, the nurse always wants what is in Juliet's best interest, Mercutio shows love for his best friend Romeo and the Capulets show love for pride. Even Tybalt is motivated by love, love for hate. On the contrary, hate means to show violent dislike and to show enmity - something that again every character shows; Romeo, Juliet, the Prince, Mercutio and the Friars all motivated by hate for the feud. People reading or watching the play would say that each character shows both these motives but each of these characters may of said that what they said or did was the complete opposite to what others think. An example of this is when Lord Capulet is arguing with Juliet, 'My fingers itch', most people would say that he was ...read more.


This instant kill performed by Romeo shows his exquisite hate for Tybalt at that point as his love for Mercutio gets the better of him and therefore shows that he's motivated by both these emotions at the same time. Juliet, knowing that Romeo has been banished feels that her last hope is the friar, knowing that he will help as he loves Romeo. She will stop at nothing to her to 'her Romeo' and is completely helpless to her love to him; so much so that she threatens to kill herself if he doesn't devise a solution. This shows us her extreme love for Romeo but at the same time her hate for marrying Paris, 'O bid me leap, rather than marry Paris'. In what seems to be a motive of love for his wife, Romeo returns to Verona in search, for what he thinks, his dead Juliet. He then shows, once again, his hate for fate, 'I defy you stars', and resolves to go to her. So motivated by their love for each other and hate from 'others', Romeo and Juliet both die. These 'others' are the other characters, also motivated by both love and hate, causing consequences that eventually built to the death of the lovers. Tybalt could be described as Romeo's opposite, motivated much more by hate rather than love. There is definitely sufficient evidence to back this theory up but we must also look at it from his point of view. We see Tybalt's hate for the Montagues at the Capulet party we he spots Romeo entering. ...read more.


But then he threatens to hurt Juliet, 'My fingers itch', this phrase tells the audience that he's feeling angry either due to her disobedience or the worry of his falling reputation. This isolates Juliet from her parents and creates a barrier of hate between them. 'A gloomy peace this morning with it brings; The sun for sorrow will not show his head. Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things. Shall some be pardoned, and some punished; For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.' This speech taken from the Prince truly tells us what his motives were, love for peace. He urges Verona that they learn from the tragedy describing the situation by using paradoxes, 'gloomy peace', and ironically prints a memorial inscription on Romeo and Juliet's tomb. Romeo has previously called Juliet a 'snowy dove', this is where that statement is proved true, peace has been brought to Verona, like a snowy dove would symbolise. The Prince believes that the families are 'punished' and therefore is motivated by hate for the feud. So this play by William Shakespeare is both about love and hate entwined within each other but it is the clash between adolescence and adulthood that creates these emotions. It's almost like the world has been turned upside down in this play as, ironically, the young are teaching the old. When Romeo and Juliet both eventually die because of the strong love for one-another somewhat grows, and also the hate between the characters is largely reduced. This is tragically ironic as it's taken the death of four young children (young teachers) to finally kill this 'hate' which seems to be following the two families. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jack Peters 10C 1 ...read more.

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