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In 'Romeo and Juliet' there is anger, grief, hatred, love, fear, despair, passion and violence. Write about these elements in the play in as much detail as you can.

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Introduction

In 'Romeo and Juliet' there is anger, grief, hatred, love, fear, despair, passion and violence. Write about these elements in the play in as much detail as you can. The themes named in this title are what give the play 'Romeo and Juliet' its quality and it's beauty, and making it one of Shakespeare's greatest plays in my eyes. The play goes straight in with a sense of violence, as in Act 1 Scene 1 where a fight fuelled by the hatred of the opposite family, and the hatred of peace, '...and talk of peace? I hate the word,' such as Tybalt says in the heart of the battle. This reveals the loathing that is upheld against each family by the other. Both Lord's of the Families try to join in, as they feel the fight is not complete without their appearance. However they are restrained by their wives. All of this is also invigorated by anger also, as the 'ancient grudge break to new mutiny.' This means that there has been a long running feud between the two families, and this current clash counts for nothing compared to the years of fighting that have already taken place. The Prince of Verona broke up this fight, but they all know that the dragon which is the burden of hatred over the city may rear its ugly head when unwanted at any time, and it will most likely be when they least expect it. Later on in this scene, Romeo shows the first signs of his unpleasant mood that continues throughout most of the play. He is love-sick, and despairing that his one true love does not love him, even though he does, 'Out of her favour where I am in love'. He is not enjoying love to its full potential, as said in the quote 'This love feel I, that feel no love in this.' ...read more.

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Act 2 Scene 4 brings happiness in love for Romeo as the Juliet's Nurse brings him the message that they are to marry that afternoon with Friar Lawrence, and create a plan for a rope ladder to be hidden by Juliets window so he can get in that night for some passion after their wedding. Act 2 Scene 5 is one first of despair for Juliet, as her nurse teases her, delaying telling her the news of Romeo's acceptance of the plan for that afternoon. When she does tell her, she is overjoyed at the fact that Romeo and her will be bound together in love finally. Act 2 Scene 6 is a scene purely of love, passion and happiness. This is perhaps one of the most important scenes in the play, as the newly-weds exchange their vows of love, and that may death do them apart. This last part is certainly the case. F.Lawrence wants everything to be over and done with quickly so there is less chance of being caught; 'Come, come with me , and we will make short work... till holy church incorporate two as one'. They are happily married. Hatred, anger, despair, love and violence are all involved at some point at this stage of the plot, in Act 3 scene 1. Benvolio and Mercutio are in the streets of Verona, and the Capulets are also about. They are looking for trouble, and Mercutio wants to give it to them, in spite of Benvolio's warnings that the civilians will tell the Prince if they fight here. As Romeo arrives, Tybalt taunts him,addressing him as 'boy',hoping for a reaction of some kind from one of the Montague's. Mercutio is not happy with Tybalt's behaviour towards his friend and they begin to fight. The fight grows because of the growth of the violence between them, and Mercutio is stabbed. He then dies, which causes a mixture of grief, anger and despair in Romeo's feelings. ...read more.

Conclusion

If thou be merciful, Open the tomb, lay me with Juliet'. And so Paris was dead, killed by Romeo. On opening the tomb again to lay Paris inside, he is once again struck by Juliet's beauty, as vows to die beside her. He swallows the poison and dies. Juliet then begins to wake up, and she is overcome with sadness and grief as she sees Romeo's dead body at her side. Friar Lawrence cannot persuade her to leave with him, so he runs away, showing fear of what may happen. As soon as he has left, Juliet stabs herself. Three watchmen enter the tomb and one brings back the arrested Friar Lawrence. The Prince and the aggrieved Capulet family soon follow. Montague, who is now widowed, is also doubly aggrieved; 'Alas my liege, my wife is dead tonight. Grief of my sons exile stopped her breath. What further woe conspires against mine age?' Friar Lawrence explains the catastrophic chain of events that led to the deaths of both Romeo and Juliet; 'Romeo, there dead, was husband to that Juliet;... I married them... ...would have married her perforce, To county Paris. Then she comes to me, And,with wild looks, bid me devise some mean To rid her from this second marriage... But when I came...noble Paris and true Romeo dead.. ...a noise did scare me from the tomb... Did violence on herself...' He tells the truth, and nothing but the truth, no matter how much grief he is in. Thus there is no hatred towards him, as both families know that he was trying to do the best for both sides. The two Lords of the two families realise it was their hatred, anger and violence that caused this sudden tragedy. They will raise a 'statue in pure gold' of each child, as a memorial and a reminder that they are now permanently at peace. It concludes with the last two lines being the truest of the whole play; 'For never was a story of more woe, Than this of Juliet and her Romeo'. ...read more.

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