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Romeo And Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet is a play that explores the dynamics of hatred and violence as much as it examines love in its many forms. I will look at three scenes to prove this statement and I have chosen Act 1 Scene 1, Act 3 Scene 1, and Act 3 Scene 5. I start with the first scene in the whole play that is Act 1 Scene 1. Right from the offset it is evident that the Capulets and Montagues are swore enemies. The Capulets start by provoking the Montagues. 'I do bite my thumb sir' This was said by one of the Capulets to a Montague and 'biting your thumb' was a real insult in Shakespeare's time. The Capulet continues to provoke the Montague until he gets a reaction resulting in a fight. This shows the hatred and violence of each other's families with the fight basically starting from nothing. The fight ends with the Prince stating that if there is any more fighting the culprits with be sentenced to death. After the fight Romeo's parents discuss with Benvolio how oddly Romeo has been acting recently and eventually the parents ask Benvolio to find out what is wrong with him. This shows the bond between Romeo and his parents is very weak although he is seen as the favourite in the family by the parents they are still very distant. ...read more.


Romeo responses with saying 'Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee Doth much excuse the appertaining rage To such a greeting. Villain am I none. Therefore farewell; I see thou know'st me not' Romeo explains to Tybalt that he loves him so why fight. Tybalt doesn't know about the wedding and thinks Romeo is making fun of him although he is not. Romeo's speech just makes Tybalt even madder. Romeo continues doing this until Mercutio draws his sword to Tybalt and asks him to fight. Tybalt sees that Romeo will not fight and decides to draw with Mercutio instead. Tybalt and Mercutio fight although Romeo warns them about the Prince. Soon after Romeo decides to intervene and in doing so Mercutio is injured. Mercutio just tells Romeo that he is just scratched to Romeo when in fact he has a fatal blow to the stomach. Mercutio goes on about it not as wide as a church door or as deep as a well which are things which are clearly to big but he over-exaggerates to make it sound as if its nothing. Mercutio just before he dies realises how stupid the fighting is and casts a plague on both the houses. He dies immediately after saying this. Out of the love for his friend Mercutio, Romeo is angry that Tybalt killed him that he decides to find Tybalt and fight him. ...read more.


This is until the Nurse tells Juliet she should marry Paris. The Nurse doesn't think that's right but doesn't want to see her get hurt. Juliet doesn't see it that way and their relationship is from then on badly damaged. The worst of the damage is done when Juliet asks this question 'Speak'st thou from thy heart' The nurse replies yes and from her soul too. This is completely untrue and the Nurse doesn't believe it but all she is doing is trying to help her. Juliet ends the scene storming out to Friar Lawrence and looking for comfort there. Looking at these three scenes it is still hard to tell whether its is a love story or a story of hatred. There are many forms of love but the strongest was Romeo's and Juliet's with the love of the family close behind. The love of their family caused the hatred between the other family that means Romeo and Juliet couldn't tell anyone about their relationship which ended up with the death of Mercutio, Tybalt, Juliet and Romeo in one way or another. The other loves were not as strong and several were not actually love either having gone bitter or feeling mistaken for love. The main basis of everyone dying was the feud and it could have been a happy ending but when you mix two extremes such as love and hate it will always end in disaster. By Samuel McDonough 10V ...read more.

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