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Freya Boyd Is 'Romeo and Juliet' about love or hate? William Shakespeare's play 'Romeo and Juliet' is an awe-inspiring story of two lovers, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. The two young lovers are connected by their love for one another but divided by their two families, the Capulets and the Montagues seemingly never ending fight. However, love in the end of the story over rules hate, and the couples' out of control love for each other results in their deaths. In the meantime, Romeo accidentally murders Juliet's cousin, an aggressive Capulet named Tybalt, and manages to get himself banished from Verona, Italy, where they live. This could have been an incident that destroyed their relationship; along with the fact Juliet's parents are trying to marry her off to a rich young man called Paris. ...read more.


For example, a fight starts over something as simple as one of the Montagues, Sampson, biting his thumb in the direction of Gregory Capulet. In the days when this play was written, this would have been seen as extremely rude, whereas now this would be seen as not a problem. Tybalt in the play is intentionally portrayed as a slightly evil and very violent character. He often talks about his ongoing hate for the Montagues and always changes the atmosphere of the story into a dark and sinister one. He comes across as extremely fearless and believes no one could ever beat him in a fight. By creating such a horrible and violent character, whenever Tybalt comes onto the scene the audience are expecting a fight, or dispute. ...read more.


The rhyming couplets that Shakespeare has given Romeo give the impression he is so passionate and caught up in love and that he can not talk in any other way than to express his feelings about his romance. Whenever Romeo comes into the play, the atmosphere appears to change into a calm, romantic one, matching Romeo's personality and behaviour. He gives the impression of him being a very kind and loving person to everyone. 'O, she is rich in beauty, only poor, that when she dies with beauty dies her store.' This is something you can only imagine an extremely romantic person saying. In conclusion, I believe that Romeo and Juliet is a play about two conflicting emotions, love and hate. It shows that although they are different emotions they both play important parts in life. It looks closely at the different types of love, and how they affect the characters in the play. ...read more.

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