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How does Shakespeare present the two themes of love and hate in Act One of Romeo and Juliet?

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How does Shakespeare present the two themes of love and hate in Act One of Romeo and Juliet? "Star crossed lovers". Romeo and Juliet is the story of two young teenagers who fall deeply in love at a party. However, their families are always fighting from an old argument to a new feud. Therefore they end up getting married secretly. Tybalt who is Juliet cousin is angry at this then he goes to revenge Romeo. In such a way that things get even worsen. Romeo gets banished because he kills Tybalt. A plan to get Romeo and Juliet together goes wrong and they both die. At the beginning of the play there are lots of fights going on between the two families who are the Montague's and the Capulet's. Romeo and Juliet are the two main character of the play. Therefore the two main themes of the play are love and hate. The prologue tells the audience that this play will be about two prominent families of Verona who are bitter enemies. From their old argument a new fight begins. When ordinary people will get hurt by their fights. ...read more.

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Romeo says because his love for Rosaline hasn't replied. Benvolio then tries to get Romeo to solve his problem by looking for another woman, but Romeo seems determined to love and suffer. In act one it starts with hate from the fighting between both families. It begins with servants from the two houses but later Tybalt who is very violent, aggressive and mostly a villain of the play and Benvolio who is the peace maker and he doesn't like fighting. Tybalt during the brawl says to Benvolio about the idea of peace, "As I hate hell, all Montague's, and thee." By this words Tybalt is telling Benvolio all the Montague's at the same level as hell and is expressing extreme hatred to the Montague's. Benvolio and Mercutio look for Romeo as he hasn't turn up to see them for a while. Benvolio perused Romeo to go to the party. Tybalt has found out that Romeo is at the party And wants to fight with him. He run to his uncle and says. "Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe. A villain, that is hither come inspite to scorn at our solemnity this night". However, his uncle doesn't bother and explains to Tybalt "Content thee, gentle coz. Let him alone. ...read more.

Conclusion

Juliet asks Nurse for information about the stranger with whom she has fallen madly in love. The Nurse tells her that his name is Romeo and he is a Montague. She cries "My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late!". I think at the end of the scene I felt that it could have been better that they never knew about their family background. But I also think it was their fate and destiny to die together. Overall, I think the most important scenes of the play in Act One scene five is very noticeably helpful. This is because of Capulet's speech to set a very welcoming and happy mood of the beginning of the play. Romeo expressing his love to Juliet makes more visual able about how madly he is in love. Tybalt aggressive behaviour and anger represent the conflict between Capulet and Montague and also present the theme of hate. Also between Romeo and Juliet the kiss shows the main theme of love. Shakespeare has presented the two themes of love and hate equally and in such a way that the lovers had to end their lives by stopping the violence between their families. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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