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Is Romeo and Juliet More about Love or More About Hate?

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Is Romeo and Juliet More about Love or More About Hate? Romeo and Juliet I is not a typical 'tragedy'. It does contain many of the usual components such love and death. It also includes other elements that are rarely found in a tragedy: the saucy conversations between Romeo and his friends, Juliet's Nurse being a fairly funny character, there are also some scenes between Romeo and Juliet that are romantic and optimistic. The prologue is 14 lines written in the form of a sonnet, it provides a summary of the play. It explains to the audience that Romeo and Juliet will fall in love but their fate is death, 'two star-crossed lovers take their life'. The feuding of their families is at fault, 'And the continuance of their parents rage'. Only the deaths of their children will bring peace, 'Which but their children's end could nought remove'. Act 1 Scene 1 starts off with a good natured tease between two of the Capulet servants Sampson and Gregory, but when two Montague servants Abram and Balthasar an argument brews. The servants are cowards, so they don't actually fight at first; they insult each other to show loyalty to their masters. The Montague servants are given a boost of confidence when Benvolio arrives. The servants continue to insult each other until Sampson issues the first challenge 'draw if you be men' Benvolio, a Montague, tries stop the fight between the servants 'I do not keep the peace put up thy sword, or manage it to part these men with me', when Tybalt, a Capulet arrives on the scene, he threatens Benvolio by saying 'What! ...read more.

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Friar Lawrence talks about plants in the opening of the scene and he says plants can be used for good and bad things, he says 'a plant will did if it is poisonous, this is a metaphor for the relationships between the families. In this scene it is also shown Friar Lawrence's love for Romeo, 'young son, it argues a distempered he so soon to bid good morrow thy bead', 'be plain, good son, home in thy drift' and 'for doting, not for loving, pupil mine' also in this scene Romeo asks Friar Lawrence if he will perform his marriage to Juliet. The Friar surprised how quickly Romeo got over Rosaline. Reluctantly, the Friar agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet because he hopes that the marriage will end the feud, 'in one respect I'll thy assistant be. For this alliance may so happy prove, To turn your households' rancour to pure love'. In the course of the play we observe the close relationship between Juliet and her Nurse. She has looked after Juliet since she was a baby. It was common practice in wealthy families to employ a nurse to care for their children. Juliet's nurse is a lot closer to her that her parents. In Act 1 scene 3 nurse uses pet names for her such as 'lamb', 'ladybird' and 'pretty fool' later on in the play in Act 4 Scene 5 when the Nurse discover Juliet 'dead' she seems to be more upset that Juliet's actual parents. ...read more.

Conclusion

Where Romeo is hiding there is a plague and no one is allowed in the city, so he never gets the message. Friar Lawrence thinks that Romeo wouldn't have heard about Juliet's death, so is not in a rush to let him know. When Romeo hears of hear death, he goes to an apothecary to purchase poison, he wants to prove his love for Juliet by dying beside her. The contrast of love and hate the key message portrayed in Romeo and Juliet. The love between Romeo and Juliet so strong and pure, it is completely opposite to the great hatred of there families. The feud is directly responsible for the secret marriage, Romeo's banishment and the eventual plan that Romeo and Juliet's death. I believe in Romeo and Juliet love eventually love triumphs over hate, because after Romeo and Juliet die the Montague's and Capulet reconcile in their grief. When the Friar reveals how Romeo and Juliet die Lord Capulet says, 'O brother Montague, give me thy hand. This is my daughter's jointure, for no more Can I demand' this means that all the Lord Capulet can now offer as a dowry is join hands peace with Lord Montague, Lord Montague replies, 'but I can give thee more, for I will raise her statue in pure gold, That whiles Verona by that name is known, There shall no figure at such rate be set as that of true faithful Juliet. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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