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Here's much to do with hate, but more with love'

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'Here's much to do with hate, but more with love' To what extent do you feel that 'Romeo and Juliet' is a play about love or hate? In 'Romeo and Juliet', Shakespeare shows how the themes of love and hate exist paradoxically; without love hate would not exist. Shakespeare's play 'Romeo and Juliet' highlights how love can influence anger and violence. The Capulet's and Montague's are two authoritative families, in Verona. Each family cares for themselves, and hate the opposing family, this hatred has become the foundation of the vicious feud between the families. The love Capulet has for his daughter, Juliet, in the beginning of the play, fuels his hate for Juliet when Juliet disobeys him and will not get married to Paris. Is it love for Juliet that fuels the hate or does he not want to be seen as a weak parent in Verona's society? During the 16th century, men were the predominant sex, and consequently in control of other family members, especially women. But, when Juliet defies Capulet she is portrayed as a strong feminist character. Romeo and Juliet's romantic love separates them from the rest of Verona's violent society. Romeo and Juliet's love leads to the horrific way their lives ended after only knowing each other for just two days. Throughout the 16th century, religion was very important to society; therefore Shakespeare's audience would have seen Romeo and Juliet to be condemned to hell, as they committed suicide and ended there own life, which was against God's natural course. ...read more.

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An example of when the audience can see how angry Juliet is with her family is when she is willing to accept Friar Lawrence's vial, rather than to marry Paris, the man that her father, Capulet, has proposed for her to marry. Juliet loved her nurse, from the beginning of the play, for many reasons. Firstly, the Nurse supported the love between Romeo and Juliet 'you hence to Friar Lawrence' cell, There stays a husband to make you a wife'. The Nurse gives Juliet the news that Romeo is going to marry her and gets her to go to the church, supporting her t get married. Although the Nurse and Juliet seem very close as the beginning of the play this all turns around, during the middle. When the Nurse is put in a tense situation she tells Juliet to marry Paris and forget about Romeo 'Marry, I will, and this is wisely done'. Juliet may feel betrayed by the Nurse because she already knows about the marriage Juliet had with Romeo. Shakespeare's audience would know of the dramatic irony that Juliet has to cope with. For this reason the audience of the 16th Century may feel apologetic for Juliet as the one person she has been confiding in now has turned against her. When we first meet Friar Lawrence he wishes to use the marriage between Romeo and Juliet to bring peace in Verona 'To turn your households' rancour to pure love'. For his actions Friar Lawrence maybe seen as a dishonest and cunning schemer where as others may perceive that he was trying to do the best for the two families and Verona's people by ending the arguing. ...read more.

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I feel there is not a more dominant theme in 'Romeo and Juliet' as the two are equal and without one the other could not exist because they influence each other. An example of when they influence each other is when Romeo kills Tybalt because he killed Mercutio who was Romeo's friend, the killing of the two male characters could be seen as hate because they had hate for the other character in order to kill them. Although there are sections of the play in which love may be stronger, for example when Romeo and Juliet get married. There are also moments that hate is the more dominant theme; one illustration of this is when Capulet is wiling to force Juliet to marry Paris, against her will. Yes, I feel the play is sill relevant because in some society's people cannot marry who they feel, or cannot speak what they want. Although in the play 'Romeo and Juliet' women were seen as the weaker sex, Juliet proves that she is as strong as the male characters if not stronger. This can be reflected in modern day society because in some religions, for example Islam, arranged marriages are a regular occurrence with the father planning who his daughter will marry. Also in modern day society's women are seen as the weaker sex in some countries. So I feel overall the play is still relevant because people can relate to it about their own lives or if not their own then what is happening to the lives of people around the world. ?? ?? ?? ?? By Rachel Burnett ...read more.

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