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Is Romeo and Juliet a Play That Tells Us More About Love Than Of Hate? Discuss.

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Is Romeo and Juliet a Play That Tells Us More About Love Than Of Hate? Discuss. Romeo and Juliet, I think, is a play that tells us equally about both love and hate. Many people, when they hear "Romeo and Juliet", immediately assume that it is the greatest love story ever, and all there is to it is love. The idea of it being the greatest love story ever is just mere opinion, but it is not all to do with love, as hate also plays a very large part in the play. In fact it is hate that 'runs' the story, and which shows the true sides of all the characters in the play, and triggers them to do unusual things. The hatred between the Capulet and Montague families, as well as other disorders, all occur during the day, whereas all the important love scenes occur during the night, away from daylight. The night symbolises hatred, as night is dark as so is hatred; the day symbolises love, as day is light as is love. An example of this would be at the very beginning of the play, in Act I Scene I, where the servants, then the noblemen, then even the old men of the two houses begin to quarrel and fight, during the day. This fight really tells us that the members of the two houses have hated each other for a long time, and have reignited an ancient feud. ...read more.

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The final example of foreshadowing is when Juliet says "Methinks I see thee, now thou art so low As one dead in the bottom of a tomb". She is saying that she will end up dead in the bottom of a tomb, as she can't see Romeo upset. After the disorder at the beginning of the play, nearly all the hatred is brought about as a result of love. For example, if Romeo hadn't fallen in love with Juliet at the masked ball, Tybalt wouldn't have recognised him. Love drove him to speak in the way that he does. If Tybalt hadn't spotted Romeo, he wouldn't have hated him as much. Lord Capulet wouldn't have found out. The fight between Tybalt, Mercutio and Romeo would have never existed if Mercutio would have still been alive. Other rivalries would have never have been created if Romeo hadn't fallen in love with Juliet. Another example of Juliet's hatred towards her family is when she implies that she dislikes her parents and her cousin Tybalt, and that she likes Romeo a lot more, after she hears of Romeo's banishment, "That 'banished', that one word 'banished', Hath slain ten thousand Tybalts", "Why followed not, when she said, 'Tybalts dead', 'Thy Mother', nay, or both,' " and also " 'Romeo is banished'! To speak that word Is father, mother, Tybalt, Romeo, Juliet All slain, all dead: 'Romeo is banished'!" show this. She's meaning to say that love has taken over her life, and that she'd rather see her parents die than to see Romeo banished. ...read more.

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Most religious Christians hated him for doing so at the time of Shakespeare, and his act was easily recognised. It is not only other people and characters that hate each other; Romeo at one point even hates himself for being banished, and therefore tries to stab himself. He also said, "Then 'banished' is death mistermed. Calling death 'banished' Thou cutt'st my head off with a golden axe". He's saying that being banished is as worse, or even worse, than dying, and that the two words basically mean the same thing. He also states that he'd rather decapitate himself with a golden axe. Note the 'golden'; it signifies greediness and evil, and foreshadows when Lord Montague and Capulet decide to put statues up of both Romeo and Juliet made of gold, still competing greedily in having the better statue. In conclusion, I think that Romeo and Juliet doesn't tell us more about love than of hate - it tells us equally about both of the aspects. It is a story that consists of both love and hate, and therefore neither should be underestimated in this play. Every time we find out something about one aspect (love/hate), or when one of the aspects occurs, the other is triggered off in some way or the other. We learn that the two feuding families tell you more about hate, but the two lovers more about love. If the two lovers didn't intervene, showing their love, the hate would have continued. Shakespeare made Romeo and Juliet intervene with their families, showing their love for each other. Shakespeare used this and contrasted the two aspects of love and hate together, which ultimately creates the story. ...read more.

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