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Romeo and Juliet: Love vs. Hate

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Romeo and Juliet: Love vs. Hate Love or hate? Most people would say the prevailing emotion is love, and I agree with this however hate also plays a big part in the play. There are many different types of love shown in the play such as the love between Romeo and Juliet compared to the love between the Nurse and Juliet. The love shown to Juliet by Nurse is a motherly type and most probably unconditional, she acts like more of a mother to Juliet than Lady Capulet does. Also Nurse knows Juliet best and is really the one who raised her; she makes this clear throughout the play. This is shown when Nurse tells Lord Capulet 'you are to blame, my lord, to rate her so'. In response he attacks her verbally and also physically, so Nurse gives up. However she did defend Juliet as if in a protective mother-like way unlike Lady Capulet, Juliet's actual mother. The Nurse then decides that Juliet has no choice but to marry Paris. She knows Juliet's love for Romeo is real, but in order to save Juliet from the disastrous consequences of her secret marriage, she tries to make a second marriage to Paris seem acceptable. ...read more.

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For example, Antony and Cleopatra includes strong themes of love as does Othello which also contains themes of hatred. A lot of the things that happen in the play are set to happen in that time. However, people nowadays can also relate to the things too like forbidden love, families feuding and death. In fact I think a lot of people go through at least one of these things in their life or even all of them, and I think this contributes to how the play has managed to stay alive throughout the years and become so popular and well loved. Romeo and Juliet are known to be two of the greatest lovers in history, however I think it was more about lust than actual true love. They would die for each other because they apparently couldn't bear to live without each other but was that done through their love or their family's hatred? Juliet is a 13 year old girl and she comes from the Capulet family. She is portrayed to be innocent and shy, as it mentions many times she is not 14 yet. For example, in act 1 scene III when Lady Capulet is talking to Nurse before telling Juliet she is going to marry Paris. ...read more.

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The proof of this is evident when Juliet seeks out the Nurse for assistance and assurance in securing Romeo. Romeo and Juliet are made for each other but they come from families who hate each other. Their hatred for each other is not private, even the townspeople are involved because the hatred between the two families breaks out into a public fight in the streets of Verona. The hatred destroys the peace of Verona and everyone was warned that the consequences of another public fight may be death. While all this is going on Romeo, ones of the Montague's fall in love with Juliet, a Capulet. However Lord and Lady Capulet want Juliet to marry a wealthy young man named Paris, but because Juliet falls in love with Romeo and secretly marries him she refuses. After many fights, deaths and feuds the play ends in the two lovers Romeo and Juliet dying for each other. I have come to the conclusion that the prevailing emotion in the play is love. Romeo and Juliet both die for love and because of the tragic deaths of members of both the Capulet and Montague family, both families end the feud. For never was a story of more woe, Than this of Juliet and her Romeo. ?? ?? ?? ?? Coral Harris Quin 10Rs English - Romeo and Juliet Essay ...read more.

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