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How does Shakespeare present the themes of Love and Hate in Romeo & Juliet focusing on Act 1 Scene 5.

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Words: 1,364 How does Shakespeare present the themes of Love and Hate in Romeo & Juliet focusing on Act 1 Scene 5 Romeo and Juliet, one of the most famous plays of all time, is so because of the combination of doomed love and troubled hate that plights the destiny of the two "star-crosse'd lovers". Before Act 1 Scene 5, love has already been displayed in many forms. Romeo shows an almost courtly love for Rosaline where he is to pursue her until he can win her. In contrast to this the nurse and the servants give a much more informal, bawdy presentation of love, perhaps this is because it is the only type of love they have the experienced. However, more likely it is used to emphasise the class differences that existed at the time. The chivalrous love above was reserved only for the higher levels of society. Throughout the story, a family love is shown but is most apparent in times of joy such as the Capulet party where Capulet calms Tybalt to save his party: "Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone;" and in times of trouble such as when Mercutio and Tybalt are killed and each family is quick to blame the other. ...read more.


As well as the language used, the structure helps create a picture of beauty for the audience. Rhyming couplets, it could be suggested, are used to show how Romeo feels the two will be perfect together even before they have met. As the audience are taking in the vivid description of Juliet, Shakespeare uses Tybalt to juxtapose love and hate. Upon the observation of Romeo the tone switches from 'rich' love to the 'bitterest' hatred. Tybalt first expresses his hate by interrupting Romeo's sonnet. This break in structure surprises the audience as Romeo was in full flow of voicing his love, and doing so with rhyme for more effect. Tybalt then immediately expresses his feelings about a Montague at the party; "to strike him dead I hold it not a sin." Not only does this shock the audience, it also creates a certain dislike for Tybalt even though not much is known about his character. This is further shown by the comparison of religion used by Romeo first, "make blessed my rude hand" and then by Tybalt "I hold it not a sin." Capulet wishes no feuds at his party and acts as a peacemaker; so tells Tybalt to 'endure him'. Tybalt's hatred is so deep and zealous that he still wishes to continue and defy his father. ...read more.


The joy of the meeting is also accentuated by the location of the meeting. The party backdrop provides a sense of merriness for both the audience and characters which helps allow the audience to become involved in the moment. As the scene draws to an end Juliet is questioning the Nurse over the identity of her love: "Go, ask his name. - If he be married, my grave is like to be my wedding-bed." This shows the audience just how quickly they have fallen in love but more importantly for the story, foreshadows the end for them just as the prologue does before we know anything about either Romeo or Juliet. Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet contains the first meeting of two lovers in the one of the most renowned tragedies ever written. Yet the brilliance of it is through its simplicity. The complex, instinctive and passionate love of Romeo and Juliet is a stark contrast to the cold hate displayed by Tybalt in its many different forms. Coming together they form a powerful base for an even more powerful conclusion. Without it the play would never mean so much to people and be as popular as it was in the 16th Century and still is today in the 21st century to a completely different, but still emoted audience. ...read more.

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