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How is love and hate portrayed in act 1 scene 5 of 'romeo and juliet'?

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet "Romeo and Juliet" is a play by William Shakespeare; based on pure tragedy, meaning that the central character will be subject to unfortunate events, and will at the end, die. In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is part of the 'Montague' family, and Juliet is part of the 'Capulet' family. However, Romeo and Juliet love each other, yet the Montague's and Capulet's are arch enemies of each other, as shown in the prologue with the quote "From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, A pair of star-crossed lovers take there life." Love and Hate are two of the main themes in Romeo and Juliet. In Scene 5 Act 1, which is the scene I will be analysing, love is shown in Capulet, and his love of life, but also between Romeo and Juliet for each other. Hate is shown in Tybalt when he swears revenge at Romeo, and Hate is shown in Romeo and Juliet at the realisation that they are arch enemies. I will be studying the use of love and hate by Shakespeare in the scene 5 Act 1, and will also analyse how this scene tells us of events later in the play. ...read more.

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His hatred for Romeo at this point is shown to vast amounts in a short space of time. "To strike him dead, I hold it not a sin" is telling us that he finds Romeo's gate crashing so infuriating, that he feels he is allowed to kill Romeo. "Not a sin" also shows that Tybalt feels God is allowing him to "Strike him dead". When Tybalt tells Capulet of Romeo, he says "tis he, that villain Romeo". "Villain" tells us that even though Tybalt wants to kill Romeo, he still believes he is in the right, and that Tybalt is the 'good guy', purely because Romeo has snuck into the party. When Capulet tells Tybalt to leave Romeo alone, Tybalt says, "It fits when such a villain is a guest". This tells us that Tybalt thinks Capulet is a coward for not chucking Romeo out, and that "Villain" has come back, so that Tybalt feels Capulet is letting an evil person get away with invading their privacy. After Capulet tells Tybalt off for wanting to pick a fight, Tybalt says several things to do with hate. "Makes my flesh tremble in their different greeting," tells us that Tybalt now feels sick for letting and 'evil' person get away. ...read more.

Conclusion

"Enemy" highlights the fact that Juliet should hate Romeo. When the nurse tells Juliet of Romeo, Juliet has a four-lined speech to signify how she feels of this. "My only love sprung from my only hate!" tells us that Juliet feels she hates Romeo for being a Montague at that moment, but also feels that she still loves him. "Only" signifies that Juliet is so obsessed by Romeo, that she will never love another man. "That I must love a loath�d enemy," tells us again that Juliet hates Romeo for being a Montague, but still loves him from their first encounter. "Must" depicts the fact that she is being forced to love Romeo, even though she is not. To conclude, Love and Hate are portrayed many times in Act 1 Scene 5 of 'Romeo and Juliet'. Love is portrayed in Capulet and his 'love of life', as it is with Romeo's love for Juliet at first sight, and finally Romeo and Juliet's love for each other in their first meeting. Hate is portrayed in Tybalt, when he swears vengeance to Romeo for sneaking into the party, and of Romeo and Juliet when they find out about each other being Montague and Capulet, where hate is shown in each other and at the fact they are Montague and Capulet. ...read more.

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