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Romeo and Juliet Love or Hate

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Themes of Love and Hate in Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet The passionate love of Romeo and Juliet conflicts with the harsh contrast of the hate between their families and the society they live in. The play is written by Shakespeare who lived in the Elizabethan time. In that time (16th Century) the sonnet was the most popular type of poetry. The prologue to the play is a sonnet, as is the prologue to Act2. When Romeo is first shown in the play he is portraying a conventional view of love, also called courtly and/or Petrachan love. It is the feeling that Romeo experiences in the opening scenes, as he knows Rosaline is not to be 'hit with Cupids arrow'. He is not really in love with Rosaline however; he is just in love with being in love. He enjoys being lovesick, his language for shows this "O heavy lightness, serious vanity" (line 169 Act 1 Scene1). An oxymoron, he has wrapped the words around in language and it shows that when he talks of Rosaline that he is simply talking of artificial love. However when he sees Juliet he says, "For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night"(line 52 Act 1 Scene 5) he is speaking simple, as Romeo is speaking from his heart. ...read more.


there is an irony behind it, as the 'violent delights' portray the love of Romeo and Juliet which result in deaths of Tybalt, Mercutio and Paris. The 'violent delights' and 'violent ends' seem to prophesise the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Next I will talk about Juliet's soliloquy (Line 1 - 30) from the beginning of Act 3 Scene 2. She is speaking of her love for Romeo and how she wishes for the night to come. "Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds, Towards Phoebus' lodging: such a Wagoner, As Phaeton would whip you to the west, And bring in cloudy night immediately" she wants the sun to set so night can come, and she can see Romeo. The theme of time is presented in the first lines, as Juliet wants the night to come fast, like their decision to get married, rushed. The main theme is love; she talks of Romeo jumping into her arms "Leap to these arms, untalked of and unseen", her love growing larger "Love grow bold". She also talks of making love "I have bought the mansion of love, but not possessed it, and though I am sold, not yet enjoyed." There is also the theme of Light and Dark, "Whiter than new snow upon a raven's back." ...read more.


The Capulets are devastated that their only child is dead, as is Nurse as Juliet was her surrogate daughter. Paris is distraught as the wife he had sought is 'gone' as she is 'dead'. As of this, they have a lot of hate to express. The Nurse hates the day "O day, O day, O day, O hateful day!"(Line 52). Paris uses harsh words of hate "Wronged, spited, slain!" He lashes out at death "Most detestable Death"(line 55). Capulet expresses how Death has stolen and wedded Juliet "Death is my heir, My daughter he hath wedded" (line 38). Personifying death as something that has taken his child. The audience know that Juliet is not dead, a dramatic irony, as people in the play mourn for Juliet when she is not dead. In the end Shakespeare shows how the passionate love between Romeo and Juliet ended the fiery wrath between their families. Shakespeare may be saying the power of love is unstoppable and colossal force that not even hatred can conquer. It also shows that love does not run smoothly, as Romeo and Juliet fell in love but the war between their families was the impediment between of their love. However even though Romeo was a Montague and Juliet a Capulet, both raging families trapped in an ancient war, their love for one another was so immense they were willing to die for each other, finally ending the hate between their families. ...read more.

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