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Is Romeo and Juliet a play about love or hate

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Is Romeo and Juliet a play about love or hate? Romeo and Juliet is a play written by William Shakespeare around 1595. The play is set in Verona, Italy, where and ancient grudge has existed between the families of the Montague's and the Capulet's like a volcano it is unpredictable in its actions, when it erupts, it not only affects people near and far away but also changes the atmosphere. The play depicts the love between two people that is Romeo and Juliet. We see many different aspects of love and hate throughout the play which I will analyse in this essay. Firstly, the play opens with a brawling scene between the servants of the two households which eventually draws in the noblemen of the families and the city officials, including Prince Escalus (the prince of Verona). The opening scene sets the tone for the rest of the play and we see how a feud so old and pitiful that it involves the servants who are supposed to be status less and have no rights soon drawing in the noblemen, the complete opposite who are supposed to be wise and diplomatic. I take this as a big sign of hate that exists between the families because the noblemen of both families were ready to degrade themselves to the petty fights of their servants. The main characters in the play are Romeo, Juliet, Tybalt, Mercutio, Benvolio, Juliet's Nurse and Friar Lawrence. ...read more.

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One of the remarkable aspects of the play is the transformation of both Romeo and Juliet after they fall in love, Juliet first comes across as a young, innocent girl who is obedient and loyal towards her parents and family. However, by the last scene she is devious this is proven I the manner by which she asks her Nurse about three separate men at the party, saving Romeo for last so as not to arouse suspicion. This also shows us how love can change people including their personalities. Juliet is on a tight rope, on one side is her love and loyalty for her family and on the other her passionate love for Romeo. The side she falls on is dependant on which is stronger. Shakespeare tries to show the audience that love is mixed with hate because of her love for her family she is forced to hate their enemy, on the other hand she is in love with the enemy therefore the two can never go together. Furthermore the play emphasizes character's eyes and the act of looking accords with Romeo's role as a blind lover who doesn't believe that there could be another lady fairer than Rosaline. Romeo denies that he could be deluded by love, the "religion" of his eye, Romeo also rejects Benvolio's advice to find another love to replace Rosaline as she dose not want anything to do with him, this further highlights Romeo's immaturity as a lover and as a logical thinker. ...read more.

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overriding theme of the play, not in the form of a prettied-up, pure version of the emotion, like the kind of un-sieved flour. Love in Romeo and Juliet is a brutal, powerful emotion that captures individuals and catapults them against their world, and, at times, against themselves. Love, in Romeo and Juliet, is a grand passion, and as such it is blinding; it can overwhelm a person as powerfully and completely as hate can. The passionate love between Romeo and Juliet is linked from the moment of its mention with death, Tybalt notices that Romeo has crashed the feast and determines to kill him just as Romeo catches sight of Juliet and falls instantly in love with her. From that point on, love seems to push the lover's closer to love and violence, not further from it. Romeo and Juliet are plagued with thoughts of suicide, and a willingness to experience it. This theme continues until its inevitable conclusion: double suicide. This tragic choice is the highest, most potent expression of love that Romeo and Juliet can make. It is only through death that they can preserve their love, and their love is so profound that they are willing to end their lives in its defence. In the play, love emerges as unprincipled, leading as much to destruction as to happiness. But in its extreme passion, the love that Romeo and Juliet experience also appears so exquisitely beautiful that few would want, or be able, to resist its power. ...read more.

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