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Romeo and Juliet Essay

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Romeo and Juliet Essay Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet explores the similarities of love and hate and portrays the complexity and interconnection of each emotion. Through the play we see the love and hate come through characters in a variety of ways, especially violence. In Romeo and Juliet, love is a violent, ecstatic, overpowering force that supersedes all other values of the characters. Juliet seems to lose herself in the love of Romeo; she is entirely devoted to him and would do anything, which she would not normally do, just to be with him. This devotion to Romeo is the overriding control of love, which drives her to declare, "be but sworn my love and I'll no longer be a Capulet." As well as the devoted side of love that brings the characters to act, there is also the slightly insane side. ...read more.


In addition to the fervour of Juliet, the depth of the character's love can be seen when Friar Laurence warns Romeo of his impending doom. The Friar realises the importance that the passion of these two youths does not lead to a violent love that would have a violent end, "These violent delights have violent ends and in their triumph die, like fire and powder, which, as they kiss, consume". The love and passion between Romeo and Juliet is brought about in the 'Gallop apace' soliloquy where Juliet anticipates their wedding night, na�ve to the recent slaughters that have taken place. Juliet admits to being out of control with a passion so she should be hooded as an untrained eagle is, "hood my unmanned blood, bating in my cheeks, with thy black mantle till strange love grow bold". ...read more.


Tybalt, a loyal family member of the Capulets, sees Romeo at the party and is outraged and consults his father about their guest "'Tis he, that villain Romeo". Tybalt's hate of Romeo seems to be less one between families and more a personal vendetta. Tybalt offers to slay Romeo at the Capulet's party and later in the book they fight, "thou, wretched boy, that didst consort him here" Throughout the Play Romeo and Juliet, the emotions of love and hate are intertwined in the characters and plot. There is little difference between the two extreme emotions at either end of the continuum. Both love and hate evoke the same reactions and violence from the characters in the play; they bring out sacrifice for loved ones and fuel the feuds between families. The play shows how love and hate are not that different from one another although they may be opposites. ...read more.

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