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Explore how Shakespeare presents the themes of love and hate in three scenes of Romeo and Juliet.

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Explore how Shakespeare presents the themes of love and hate in three scenes of Romeo and Juliet. I will be exploring the themes of love and hate in Act 1 Scene 5, Act 2 Scene 2 and Act five Scene three in this piece of writing. Act 1 Scene 5 is where Romeo sees Juliet for the first time. It is also the first time when his feelings for her become apparent to us. However, it is not the first time we come across love in the play. We see Romeo's love for Rosaline in the first scene, we also know, from the prologue and the title, that Romeo and Juliet are the 'star-crossed lovers' and that their fate is inevitable. 'What lady that which doth enrich the hand of yonder knight?' Here Romeo is saying the Juliet is a beautiful decoration, like a piece of jewellery, he also says, 'Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear' He is saying that Juliet is too beautiful to be on the earth, and that nobody is worthy of her presence. This also shows that Romeo believes that love is based on beauty, much like his love for Rosaline was, almost a love at first sight, he has fallen in love with Juliet's looks but not yet her as a person. ...read more.

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'I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montague, and thee. Have at the coward' Here we see that Tybalt is the violent character, also we find out just how strong the hate is between the families. However, it is not only Tybalt that uses violent language, Romeo and Juliet use it too. ' I will tear thee joint by joint and strew this hungry churchyard with thy limbs' This is in act 5 scene 3 and Romeo believes that Juliet is dead; his violent language is used to show just how much he loves her, and there for again just how close love and hate lie. Shakespeare also uses characters to show love and hate. There are different types of love shown in the play, motherly love between Juliet and the nurse, friendly love between Romeo and Mercutio, and, the most obvious, romantic love between Juliet and Romeo. 'And she was weaned - I never shall forget it- ' The nurse loves Juliet as if she were her mother, and here, in act 1 scene 3, she says that she will never forget the day Juliet stopped breastfeeding. ...read more.

Conclusion

'And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars' In act 5 scene 3 Romeo says he wants to get rid of the burden that always hangs over him that was imposed by fate and the stars. 'o brother Montague, give me thy hand' At the end of the play when Romeo and Juliet both commit suicide and can be happily together at last the also join the families together and end the years of fighting. 'Doth with their death bury their parents' strife' This shows that even though hate and death is strong, love is stronger and when, eventually, love and hate join love will be victorious and hate will be over ridden. I think the most affective way of portraying love and hate has to be the bird imagery because love, like a bird, is untamable just as Juliet says. Fate is also effective especially to the audience of the time, as they believed very much in fate and horoscopes. So at the end of the play Shakespeare gets across, what I believe to be his strongest message, that love is so strong that you should never let anything, including hate stop it! Holly Mee 1 5/7/2007 ...read more.

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