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English Coursework 2: "Romeo and Juliet" Essay Question: In the first scene of the play, Romeo comments, "Here's much to do with hate, but more with love." How far do you consider this to be a fair assessment of "Romeo and Juliet"? Love and hate are the two predominant, contrasting themes of one of William Shakespeare's early tragedies, "Romeo and Juliet". "Romeo and Juliet" was penned in approximately 1595. During this period Shakespeare was compiling his infamous sonnets and it would seem that these two forms of prose share similar roots and characteristics. Not only were they written simultaneously, but shared themes as well; love, time and death. William Shakespeare also solidifies this view more so by including three sonnets in "Romeo and Juliet itself at key points in his masterpiece. The first sonnet is coincidentally the first fourteen lines of the play, the chorus, the second is when the two lovers first meet at the Capulet ball and third sonnet concludes and summarizes the happenings of Act One and introduces and explains what will come to pass in Act Two. As afore mentioned, "Romeo and Juliet" is one of Shakespeare's early tragedies and therefore differs quite significantly from his latter works. For example, Romeo and Juliet, the hero and heroine of the play, try everything and anything in order to make their ending a happy one but have obstacles thrown in their path at every major near triumph. In other words, the main characters try to stop their downfall but are brought down by factors they could not control or alter. ...read more.

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Romeo's love for Juliet can also be described as pure because of the poetic use of light to describe their love. Light is key to Romeo's cajoling of Juliet in the scene in The Capulet's orchard and on Juliet's balcony. For example, when Juliet first emerges from her chamber Juliet describes Juliet as coming from "the east" and personifies her as "the sun". This description makes Juliet sound almost angelic in appearance and perhaps could be interpreted as Romeo's guiding light to a more mature attitude to love. Light also I used to perhaps indicate the conclusion of the great family feud. When Romeo says, "Arise fair sun and kill envious moon", Romeo may be perhaps implying that his and Juliet's love for each other (the Sun) could bring about the demise of the hatred between the two families. Finally and most obviously, light is used to describe beauty. For example, Romeo says Juliet is radiant in beauty and "her cheek would shame the stars." Romeo also loves Juliet very innocently as he only wishes to be "a glove" when Juliet touches her face so he could lay himself upon "that cheek". Juliet is first introduced to us as the trophy daughter of the rich Capulets who is engaged to the parent's chosen bridegroom, County Paris. County Paris in my opinion is not only a character in the play but also a form of love. County Paris personifies true feelings and commitment, as he is willing to wait for Juliet to be ready for marriage. He is willing to make Juliet feel happy and comfortable in their soon to be relationship as he takes Lord Capulet's advice and attempts to "woo" Juliet. ...read more.

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Tybalt is most definitely the epitome of hatred in the play. Tybalt is the cousin of Juliet and strongly follows Veronian tradition, to hate the opposing family. His belief alone keeps the hatred between the two families if nothing else. His constant wanton need to brawl is clear especially when he confronts Mercutio. It is clear although he only asks to "speak with" Romeo his true motive is to create conflict. The Capulets also show a form of hate that is very relevant to today's society: frustration. They are not only frustrated at Juliet for her non-compliance with their orders, but also frustrated at their lack of skill at parenting and it is only due to their lack of skill that Juliet refuses to comply. Juliet also spawns a form of hated towards the Nurse following the events described in the paragraph prior. Juliet feels injustice and feels she has been backstabbed by her own confidante and therefore discards the Nurse completely. So after summarizing love and hate in Romeo and Juliet I come to the conclusion that the play is neither more to do with love or to do with hate or even both, but there is one more unmentioned factor, fate. Fate undoubtedly played a key role in the undoing of many characters, the marriage and initially the meeting of Romeo and Juliet and to some extent the putting aside of the hatred between the Montagues and the Capulets. Fate in the play decided the outcome of all major events and even made some impossible. Some in conclusion I think Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy inter-laced with tales of love and hate but with fate controlling the occurrences from behind the scenes. ...read more.

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