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'ROMEO AND JULIET' WHAT DOES SHAKESPEARE HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE THEME OF LOVE IN 'ROMEO AND JULIET,' WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO ACT 1, SCENE 5? The only way to get true love is by going through hate, these are the key themes that William Shakespeare has inter-weaved together to create one of the world's most famous play, 'Romeo and Juliet.' This play was written during 1595, which awoke the Elizabethan era; therefore the idea of love and hate would appeal to this audience. During this enlightening love story, there comes two warring families, the 'Montagues' and the 'Capultets,' however truelove is found between these two houses. The two lovers are, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. They are symbolised in this dramatic play as 'doomed lovers,' meaning that their true love will end in tragedy by the implacable enmity of their feuding families. Shakespeare fills the play with dramatic oppositions and dramatic irony, which making the two themes 'love and hate' an important part of the play. 'Romeo and Juliet' is filled with tragedy, love, action and enticing language creating this perfect love story. Before this play has begun, Shakespeare uses the 'Prologue' to outline the plot of the play by the use of a 'Sonnet,' and introduce the idea of the themes of love and hate. The Prologue may spoil the suspense but it allows the audience to concentrate on the language all through the play. This Prologue would catch the audience's attention straight away by using the form of the Sonnet. ...read more.


The audience will now realise by the language that Romeos love for Rosaline is 'lust' and he only wants sex. The first time Romeo sees Juliet is in act 1, scene 5, where Shakespeare uses an epigram to describe Romeos love for Juliet. There is a vast difference in the language used to talk about Rosaline and this scene where Romeo is speaking passionately about Juliet. Romeos love for Rosaline was presented to the audience as being confused and frustrated by the use of oxymorons, however in this scene where Romeo expresses his love for Juliet, Shakespeare has used passionate comparisons and hyperbolic language. The audience will spot this important difference and therefore notice comparisons like 'a rich jewel in an Ethiops ear.' Here Romeo uses light and dark imagery; Juliet being the one that stands out; as 'a rich jewel.' Juliet is the compared as a 'snowy dove trooping with crows,' this shows Juliet as being light and compared to a bird of peace in the middle of everyone else who are referred as 'crows' (dark creatures). Again Juliet is the one that is standing out. The audience will now be thinking that Romeos love for Juliet is true and will question his love for Rosaline. Romeo even questioned it himself in the epigram, 'did my heart feel love till now?' Romeo now believes that he had never loved Rosaline but he has found true love with Juliet. In Act 1, Scene 5, Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time and Shakespeare addresses there meeting in the form of a 'Sonnet.' ...read more.


meeting,' the audience could almost say that Tybalt is spitting the words out to Capulet to emphasise the strength of Tybalts emotions. Shakespeare then uses dramatic irony, near the end of Act 1 Juliet predicts her own fate, when she says 'If he be married, my grave is likely to be my wedding bed,' the audience know that this is true by the use of the Prologue, however it still remains a mystery to Juliet and all the other characters. This is dramatic irony. At the very end of Act 1, Scene 5 Juliet tells the nurse and the audience, 'My only love sprung from my only hate,' putting the whole act into perspective by announcing that love and hate are very closely linked. Paying close attention to Act 1, Scene 5, Shakespeare has used a tremendous number of techniques to show the audience his ideas about love and hate. By the use of these techniques, Shakespeare has reminded the audience by this play that love is religious, that it is true, that it can be hard to find and the most important, it is always balanced by hate. This shows that love is a very rare emotion. Concluding my evaluation of the play I believe that Shakespeare was a remarkable writer of his time & ours. His ideology and beliefs of love, hate and other strong emotions are insightful and complex as he shows us his view on them "through and through" the whole play, giving us the audience, a little peep into this brilliant writers very complex mind ...read more.

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