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"Here's much to do with hate, but more with love." Consider the two themes of love and hate and the way they are seen in relation to each other in the play.

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"Here's much to do with hate, but more with love." Consider the two themes of love and hate and the way they are seen in relation to each other in the play. Romeo and Juliet is a play about two young lovers, whose love was destined for destruction from the beginning because of the hatred between the two families, Montagues and Capulets. Therefore, the themes of love and hate are very important in the play as the plot is driven by these two themes. Shakespeare brings out the love between the two rivals through Romeo and Juliet and their relationships with the Friar and the Nurse. I want to argue that in the play, the themes of love and hate are closely linked. To show this, I have selected some of the most important scenes in the play, which illustrate the idea that love and hate are closely bound together. The first example is the chorus, which is found at the beginning of the play, in the prologue. It is a short summary of what the play is about. The chorus is in the form of a sonnet and sonnets were often associated with love in the time of Shakespeare. However, the words of the chorus seem to emphasize the idea of hate although there are some words about love. "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean." (Prologue, 3-4) These two lines are about the feud between the families. It shows that it is a feud, which has been brewing for many years. ...read more.


Juliet has found the only person she loves from the only family she hates. The meeting was regretted but it was too late to turn back as they had already fallen in love. They both fear the consequences of their love, but without any thought of changing their minds that they really love each other. The second chorus is a contrast to the first. It is much gentler and about Romeo's love for Juliet. "That fair for which love groaned for and would die, With tender Juliet matched, is now not fair." (Act 2, chorus, 3-4) It is talking about Romeo's love for Rosaline, which was once so strong, has now died away as it does not even compare to his love for Juliet. It makes his love for Juliet sound strong and powerful as though it could never be defeated. This leads on to the balcony scene where Juliet is speaking about Romeo as Romeo listens in secret from the bushes below. "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father, and refuse thy name. Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love And I'll no longer be a Capulet. ...'Tis but thy name that is my enemy. Thou art thyself, though not a Montague." (2.2.33-39) Here, Juliet is saying 'why are you Romeo?' meaning why is he a Montague and not a Capulet as it would mean that it would be acceptable for Juliet to love Romeo. She asks Romeo to deny being a Montague and give up his family name but if he does not want to then she says that she will. ...read more.


The Friar tries to talk some sense into Romeo but soon his sympathy turns to impatience and tells Romeo to spend the night with Juliet and leave in the morning. The Friar is constantly taking care of not only Romeo's problems, but Juliet's as well, by giving her the sleeping potion. Although the Friar's help turns out to cause more problems than solve them, his intention was good and he can be seen as a caring and loving character. In the ending of the play, the love between Romeo and Juliet, which was destined for destruction causes their deaths and from that, the ending of the feud. "Capulet: O brother Montague, give me thy hand. This is my daughter's jointure, for no more Can I demand. Montague: But I can give thee more. For I will raise her statue in pure gold... Capulet: As rich shall Romeo by his lady lie, Poor sacrifices of our enmity." (5.3.294-303) Capulet and Montague make peace with each other after seeing that their children were so in love with each other that they sacrificed their lives for one another. The last line means that Romeo and Juliet's deaths were because of the hate between the two families, but it is love that brings them together. Therefore, after analysing the love and hate sides of Romeo and Juliet, I have come to the conclusion that it is more about love than hate. This is due to the fact that throughout the play, love overcomes hate except for a few scenes. In addition, by the end of play, Romeo and Juliet are in love with each other so much that they kill themselves, and consequently the parents forget the hate that they possess for each other. By Grace Contomichalos ...read more.

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