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Romeo and Juliet is fundamentally a play about love and hate. Explore the play in light of this statement.

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Introduction

The play 'Romeo and Juliet' is about two people from rival households who fall in love. It is this feud between the two families that the two lovers die in an act of love for each other. However, their deaths buried the families' grudge and begin a neutrals friendship. For it to come to this there were betrayals, alliances, deceit and a lot more. Through out this essay I will explore the play to find all aspects of love and hate. Love and hate are evident from as early on in the play as the prologue has a few lines in it which shows that the play is about love and hate. These lines include from "From ancient grudge breaks to new mutiny". This quote shows that the Capulets and Montagues feud goes back many years, enough years to be called the accents grudge. This quote tells us about the families past, but it also says a bit about how the recent chain of events started. The "new mutiny" refers to the fact that both Romeo and Juliet went against the head of their households (their parents) by secretly plotting to get married. Another quote that could contribute to the themes of lone and hate is "from forth the fatal loins of these two goes a pair of star - crossed lovers take their life" this is the fist part in the prologue that sets, up a romantic side of the play. ...read more.

Middle

A few significant lines are said in the first scenes of this Act. "Love goes towards love as schoolboys from their books, but love from love, toward school with heavy looks", Romeo says this quote. He uses a metaphor compares his love to a boy going to school. This shows that Romeo has a big crush on Juliet as he is trying to be romantic. Among all of this the friar is concerned about them getting married as they have just met. "Is Rosline whom thou didst love so dear, so soon forsake? Young men's love then lies not truly is their heart, but in their eyes" In this section, the Friar questions the depth of love which young men like Romeo feel. In Act three we see a different kind of love, the love between friends. I.e. In scene one Tybolt starts to get aggressive towards Romeo. However Romeo responded calmly which got Tybolt angry, and then he lashed out. At this point Mercutio Romeo's best friend steps in to fight. Tybolt the stabs Mercutio and he slowly bleeds to death. The friendship between Romeo and Mercutio was so strong that Mercutio died for it. Another sign of this strong friendship is that Romeo breaks his vow of piece and kills Tybolt in act of rage. ...read more.

Conclusion

At the places where Juliet is being kept, Romeo shows up, fights Paris and kills him. He then takes the poison and dies kissing Juliet. Shortly after Juliet awakes and the Friar tells Juliet what has happened, Juliet then stabs her self in order to be with Romeo. A crowd gathers and the Friar tells everyone what has happened from the beginning before he is arrested. The Capulet's and the Montague's admit that their feud was to blame. The Prince pardons the families and says "For never was a story of more woe them that of Juliet and Romeo" Generally I think that the play is more about hate then love due to the fact everything that happened as a result of hatred. However, there are other themes that the play portrays very well, such as conflict. The main conflict in the play is the feud between the two families. Another type of conflict in the play is the conflict in the play is the conflict of decision for Juliet's Nurse. The Nurse knew of the relationship between Romeo and Juliet, which their parents would have done anything in their power to break them up, as they were enemies. Another theme of the play is loyalty; loyalty is shown throughout the play: as loyalty to family - people fight for their family's honour, friends - people die for there friends, loves - Romeo and Juliet die for love. By Wesley Thompson ...read more.

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