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Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love play written by William Shakespeare. Although it is about love, it is also much about hatred. In this play there are many different types of love, from infatuation to real love. At the beginning of the play Romeo says,' With cupid's arrow, she hath Pian's wit'. Here is speaking about Rosaline and from his words we know he is exaggerating. When he speaks about her it sounds very insincere, artificial and not at all original. This is an example of infatuation in the play. However when he meets Juliet, it is love at first sight. He says, 'Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!' This shows how amazed and passionate he is about her. You find him struggling for words for words, " - ", when he is talking about/to Juliet., which shows his love is real, original, new and not something he supposes is love. Love for the family is important too in this play. When Lord Capulet asks, 'Is she not proud? Doth she not give us thanks', you know he wants the best for his daughter and is very concerned about her. Love for friends is another type of love which plays a big part in this play, as well as love for family honour and name; which leads to the hate between the two feuding families to which the lovers belong. ...read more.

Middle

However Juliet is the more practical of the two, and shows her worry because if Romeo is caught on the Capulet grounds he will be killed. Juliet is aware of danger whereas Romeo is still lost in romantic metaphors. Romeo says a painful goodbye to Juliet for the last time in Act 5, scene 3, from lines 74-120. He believes that Juliet is dead and has come to the tomb to kill himself and lay next to the one he loves for eternity. When he says,' Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks', he is wondering why she is still so pink and flushed and still beautiful if she is dead. This is called dramatic irony because we know that she is not actually dead. He asks, 'Why art thou yet so fair' again he is amazed at how beautiful fair and alive she looks. He describes her in similar ways in different scenes. 'Death that hath suck'd the honey of thy breath, hath no power yet upon thy beauty' Also showing his amazement at how exquisite she looks. One way that he shows his love for her is by dying to protect her. He wants to protect her from Death, who he believes will take possession of her. 'That unsubstantial Death is amorous' This creates a rather sick image. ...read more.

Conclusion

He gets out of control and calls her a number of thinks a 'minion', 'a green sickness carrion' and 'baggage'. Juliet tries to make it better but he is not finished, he says, 'get thee to church on Thursday. Or never look me in the face'. He also says that she is a curse. 'We have a curse in having her'. He also makes it clear that if she does not go through with it, he will disown her. He lets her know if she does not do it, he will cast her out and she can she can 'hang, beg, starve, die in the streets'. After reading the play, I have concluded that the play is just as much to do with hate as it is about love. The title does not indicate that the play is about either love or hate, so it is pretty suitable because you don't get the wrong idea. It is also suitable because the play revolves around the two lovers. The two families are brought together at the end, by the death of the young lovers and make peace; it is excellent that they have resolved everything. However it should not have taken such tragic events, and so many deaths to make them realise that the dispute was irrelevant and foolish. This play is about a number of tragic events caused by the hate in everyone around but at the same time love does not cease to exist. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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