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'Romeo and Juliet' is often regarded as a play about love. Do you agree? What part does hate play in the tragic events?

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'Romeo and Juliet' is often regarded as a play about love. Do you agree? What part does hate play in the tragic events? Introduction 'Romeo and Juliet' is a story about love, hate and death. It is a romantic play but also contains sexual and slightly comedic aspects. From all these themes there are two of them that carry more importance than any other, love and hate. Romeo and Juliet initiated as a play by Arthur Brooke, which was intended to tell children not to disobey your parents. Shakespeare took the book and changed it so it had more sympathy towards young people and made it more complex. Shakespeare also made the families in the plays to carry more hatred for the other family. Love There are many types of love between many different people in this play. The first love to be perceived is brotherly love between Ben olio, mercuric and Romeo, all these three seem to live each other a lot and they get on well with each other. ...read more.

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They have made worms' meat of me. I have it and soundly too. Your houses!" This shows how strongly Mercutio feels, he feels that both families are to blame for his death and places a plague upon both households. This shows that Mercutio might have of shown his love the to the members of his household, but then he places a plague upon his household, and therefore his love turns to hatred. This shows that love is complex to achieve but easy to get rid of. The next set of love is between Romeo and Rosaline, but this love turns out to be nothing else but infatuation. Romeo is a young man looking for a woman, but Rosaline doesn't seem to be the right woman. Romeo was only looking at her beauty, which shows Romeo's lustfulness and sexual desire for Rosaline. This also brings on the mentality of young men at the time, with their crude and sexual humour; these factors bring comedy into the play. ...read more.

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This shows that Juliet wants to be the dominant partner. Juliet, perhaps, most perfectly describes her love for Romeo by refusing to describe it act3 scene1 lines 33-34: "But my true love is grown to such excess / I cannot sum up some of half my wealth" The love between Romeo and Juliet is deep and passionate and is more powerful than hatred and even death. In this play there are many choices that are taken and affect the rest of the play. The most effective is that of the marriage between Romeo and juliet, had their marriage not gone through, Romeo and Juliet's families will still be at war with each other and both will still be alive alongside, many other characters. But their marriage brought upon their death. The next most effective choice to be taken and causing a disaster is in act3 scences1+2, if everybody walked away, tybalt would not have of been dead, nor Mercutio and Romeo would not have of been sent to exile, meaning he and juliet wouldn't have to leave, and it would not have brought the deaths of Romeo and juliet. ...read more.

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