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Romeo and juliet

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Introduction

Here's much to do with hate but more with love is the play Romeo and Juliet more about love or hate both equally The play Romeo and Juliet is a tragic tale of two star crossed lovers from two rivalling families the story depicts how their love fuels so much hate witch results in many deaths including the unnecessary suicides of the lovers. My essay will show whether the tragic tale is more about love or hate. To do this I will be analysing act one scene 5 act three scene 1 and act Three scene 5. I shall now go on to explain the origins of the play. Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to Ancient Greece. Its plot is based on an Italian tale, translated into verse as Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562, and retold in prose in Palace of Pleasure by William Painter in 1582. Brooke and Painter were Shakespeare's chief sources of inspiration for Romeo and Juliet. He borrowed heavily from both, but developed minor characters, particularly Mercutio and Paris, in order to expand the plot. The play was probably written around 1595-6, and first published as a quarto in 1597. The text was of poor quality, and later editions corrected it, bringing it more in line with Shakespeare's original text. Literary tradition William Shakespeare optimized Elizabethan theatre but Romeo and Juliet was a tragedy in the Greek sense of the word witch was typical of the era where plays where the only entertainment for rich and for poor based on the English translation by Arthur Brooke of an Italian poem originally written in Latin its is a typical Greek tragedy. Tragedies generally have a central character who is quite important but has a weakness witch ends up being his downfall tragedy must also have an element of fate something uncontrollable Romeo and Juliet are referred to as star crossed lovers meaning it was meant to be. ...read more.

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Shakespeare's use of structure is very effective but less obvious than his use of language. The opening of the scene feels light-hearted but creates a positive atmosphere and makes the issues of love and hate more marked in contrast with his humorous opening. The themes in this scene are Love and hate and seem to go in a pattern. Romeo's love, Tybalt's hate before returning to the theme of love between Romeo and Juliet when they first meet. Finally the ending scene finishes with Shakespeare cleverly combining the plays key themes when Romeo and Juliet discover that they are both now "In Love" with there only hate. Both Romeo and Juliet are told by the Nurse each other's thoughts. The one thing in life that they are forced to hate (each others family) is now the only thing in life that they can love; thus the journey towards a tragic end is unstoppably begun. Romeo predicted this in Act One, Scene 4 ("Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars shall bitterly begin this fearful date. By some vile forfeit of untimely death").The words used by Romeo and Juliet cleverly mirror each other's thoughts. ("O dear account! My life is my foe's debt". Romeo). (My only love sprung from my only hate! That I must love a loathed enemy". Juliet). Lastly it is interesting what they say as it is quiet identical and talk about the same thing. Act one; Scene 5 is arguably the most important scene in the play for a number of reasons. Firstly it is the first time in the play that Romeo and Juliet meet and instantly fall in love with each other. Secondly it provides the characters and audience with the first opportunity for conflict since the mass brawl of the opening scene. Even though no conflict arises, Tybalt vows that he will defend his family's honour at a later date and this of course, he does (an act that results in Mercutio's death, his own death and Romeo's banishment.) ...read more.

Conclusion

Juliet pleads with her mother to intervene, but Lady Capulet refuses. . . . Juliet asks the Nurse for advice, and she tells Juliet that she ought to marry Paris because Romeo can never come back and Paris is better looking, anyway. Juliet pretends to accept the Nurse's advice but decides that she will go to Friar Laurence for his advice. If he can't help her, she will kill herself. The beginning action of this scene is in sharp contrast to the latter parts. It begins with the two youth lovers peacefully parting but ends with anger and demands from the elders. There are forwards that suggest when Romeo and Juliet meet again they will be in a tomb. "Methinks I see thee, now thou art so low, as one dead in the bottom of a tomb." The harsh actions of Old Capulet drive Juliet to feel hopeless. Old Capulet is upset that he will not be able to host another celebration and that his daughter doesn't like the suitor he has picked out. However, the outrage of Juliet's father justifies the secretive marriage and fuels the power of the feud. Conclusion Juliet sums up the story to perfection when she says "my only love sprang from my only hate". to me this is the definition of the story this happens twice. The two rivalling families hate each other and then the love of Romeo Juliet springs up from there only hate. When because the second lot of hate if you like they both end up dead in a double suicide it causes the two families to come together and realise that there love only is ultimately there only hate. As if in doing all the actions previous they live to spite each other and take some of enjoyment out of it until it results in there children's death they realise that there love of hate had the ultimate consequence for two innocent people, that hate is not the answer and love ultimately is meaning the play is more about love than hate. ...read more.

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