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Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet In this play it seems that love is fated from the start by the citizens full of hate in Verona. The whole play could have been based on loving hate, as love will always overcome hate. From the start of the play love is fated, in the prologue it says that Romeo and Juliet are doomed to die. "From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life"(Prologue, lines 5-6) There's always an interruption in the love scenes because hate is the background. The lover's whole state is full of danger. This is illustrated both in the Balcony scene (Act 2 scene 2) and after the lovers have consummated the marriage (Act 3 scene 5). Throughout the balcony scene there is always the fear that Romeo may get caught by one of Capulet's guards and possibly will be killed: "The orchard walls are high and hard to climb, And the place death, considering who thou art, If any kinsmen find thee here."(Act 2 scene 2 lines 63-65) The dispute in the play has ruined many people especially Sampson, as his idea of lovemaking is simply destructive. His hate for the house of Montague is so extreme that he even wants to rape their women. ...read more.


Juliet: "Then my lips the sin that they have took. Romeo: Sin from my lips? O trespass sweetly urged! Give me my sin again." (Act 1 scene 5 lines 107-109) Parental love runs through the play especially in Act one as Juliet's father shows a more protective love for his daughter. Capulet shows he cares for the feelings of Juliet when he says to Paris that he will only agree to the marriage if Juliet consents: "My will to he consent is but a part; And she agreed, within her scope of choice Lies my consent and fair according voice." (Act 1 scene 2 lines 17-19) This parental compassion on the part of Capulet shows that he cares about Juliet, as she is all he has left making her truly precious to him. At this point in the play he gives Juliet a choice and wants her to be loved by telling Paris to win her heart: "But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart." (Act 1 scene 2 line 16) But later in the play he bullies and threatens her, cursing his daughter when she refuses the proposal of marriage to Paris. "Hang thee, young baggage! Disobedient wretch! I tell thee what, get thee to church o' Thursday, Or never after look me in the face." ...read more.


(Act 2 scenes 1 line 33-36) In most of his speech in act two, scene one we are reminded of Romeo's previous passion for Rosaline whom he worshipped as a goddess. Mercutio's own attitude to women is a complete contrast; there is no emotion only sexual desire. He jokes and is sarcastic to Romeo saying: "You are a lover, borrow Cupid's wings," (Act 1 scene 4 line 17) The friendship between Romeo and Mercutio was very special. Mercutio, although he loves to fight, was also defending Romeo's good name in the dual against Tybalt. Therefore when Mercutio is slain Romeo returns that regard for his friend, for a moment forgetting his bride, and attacks her cousin in vengeance for the death of his friend. "Alive in triumph! And Mercutio slain! Away to heaven, respective lenity, And fire-ey'd fury be my conduct now!" (Act 3 scene 1 lines 122-124) With the language and characters Shakespeare uses he manages to make the reader feel sympathetic for the two lovers. Using these unusual characters the play is motivated by using love to overcome hate. We find in Romeo and Juliet love will always win and at the end of Act one, scene five the chorus tells us this: "But passion lends them power, time means, to meet, Temp'ring extremities with extreme sweet." (Act 1 scene 5 lines 156-157) ...read more.

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