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How does Shakespeare portray hatred in Romeo and Juliet?

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How does Shakespeare portray hatred in Romeo and Juliet? Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy full of hatred. It portrays the hatred between the two families, the Montagues and the Capulets. At the end it brings the two families closer together, due to the deaths of the two lovers, Romeo and Juliet. People have watched these revenge tragedies in Elizabethan times as well as today for hundreds of years. The two families have an "ancient grudge" for many years and the two lovers have brought up to hate each other. This has been a common feature in life in Italy. The play begins with a fight with the servants of both houses, as both are very loyal to their masters. Benvolio (Montague) attempts to stop the fighting but tybalt (Capulet) wants to continue. "What! Drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee." This just tells us how much they both hate each other. The heads of the houses both try to join in the fight but lady Capulet and lady Montague hold their husbands back. Thou Villain Capulet! Hold me not; let me go." There is the arrival of the prince who stops the fight. ...read more.

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Romeo tells the Friar everything. At first the Friar is unsure when Romeo asks him to marry him to Juliet. He then sees how good can come out of this. It could make peace between the two families. The Friar agrees to marry them. "To turn your households rancour to pure love." This means to change your two households hatred and turn it into pure love. Back inside the walls of Verona, Benvolio and Mercutio have been looking endlessly for Romeo. They are discussing Tybalt and are making fun of him. Romeo appears and joins up with his two friends. Juliet's nurse appears and is eager to have words with Romeo. Romeo tells her of the plans to marry Juliet. Back at the Capulet mansion, Juliet is waiting anxiously for the nurse's return and when she gets in she is desperate to know what Romeo said. After leaving her in suspense for a while she tells Romeo of his plans for marriage. Juliet then goes to the wedding. At Friar Laurence's cell Romeo eagerly awaits his bride. Juliet arrives and the Friar marries the two. It is a hot summer day and Benvolio recommends to Mercutio that they should leave as Members of the Capulet family are about. ...read more.

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Back in Juliet's bedroom she waits till she is alone before drinking all the mixture. She has her doubts before but drinks it, as she has no other options. "What if this mixture do not work at all" The nurse enters Juliet's bedroom in the morning only to find her dead. Lord and Lady Capulet, Paris and Friar Laurence are called to the scene. The Friar orders the removal of Juliet's body. Romeo has already heard the bad news of Juliet's death and he has no purpose of living without his wife. He goes to an apothecary's shop and bribes the poor man for poison. He then leaves for Verona. Romeo is not given the vital news about Juliet as the messenger was held back. Romeo has arrived at Juliet's tomb, which has a visitor already, Paris. Romeo kills Paris. He looks longingly at Juliet. "Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks" This is because she really is alive. Romeo drinks the poison after a last kiss. Seconds later Juliet wakes from her sleep only to see Romeo dead from the poison. She kisses his lips to see if there are any drops of poison left on his lips but they are dry. She takes Romeos dagger and plunges it into herself, falling on top of Romeo. It took the deaths of their children, but Lord Montague and Capulet shake hands and make peace for once. William Falzon P1 ...read more.

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