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Romeo & Juliet

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"Here's much to do with hate but more with love" 'Romeo and Juliet' is a play set in Verona and was written by William Shakespeare in the late 16th century. It is a very influential play and is still studied and quoted from today. To many it is regarded as 'the greatest love story ever told' and tells of the plight of two lovers who have to fight to be with each other. They have to battle against their families and each other's families because they are still warring due to an ancient feud. The play is filled with hate and love and one is often the cause of the other, such as the fight between the Montagues and Capulets starting in order to protect other members of their family. The cause of the hatred between the two families was love. Hate is shown throughout the whole play and there is a lot of hatred between different characters, love shows through at the end of the play when most of the main characters die for the people they love. 'Here's much to do with hate but more with love' is spoken by Romeo when he is explaining to Benvolio what is upsetting him: he is in love with Rosaline but she does not love him back. ...read more.


My dearest cousin, and my dearer lord?' Juliet is confused but remarks that Romeo is 'dearer' to her than Tybalt. Nurse then tells Juliet that Romeo is the one who killed Tybalt and Juliet is upset and angry all at once. She describes Romeo as 'beautiful tyrant, fiend angelical!' because although she does not want to believe that Romeo could kill her cousin, she still loves him. When Nurse says 'Shame come to Romeo!', Juliet is incensed that she could say such a thing. She says 'Shall I speak ill of him that is my husband?' and this shows that no matter what Romeo does that hurts her, she will always stand by him because of their love for each other. Romeo is a very loving person because he falls in love twice in a very short space of time. When we meet Romeo he is pining over Rosaline; he believes he is in love with her but she cannot love him for she is going to become a nun. He says 'Out of her favour where I am in love' which conveys how strongly he thinks he feels about her. However when Romeo first sees Juliet he forgets all about Rosaline and falls in love with Juliet. 'Did my heart love till now?' ...read more.


'Romeo, the love I bear thee can afford no better term than this: thou art a villain.' At the Capulet ball Tybalt spots Romeo and wants to fight him, but only repeat orders from Capulet restrain him from going after Romeo. 'It fits when such a villain is a guest: I'll not endure him.' This could be because of his love for his family and wanting to defend their honour; 'Now by the stock and honour of my kin, to strike him dead I hold it not a sin.' Even members of his own family know he is a very hateful person, and even Capulet calls him a 'saucy boy'. I agree with the statement: 'Here's much to do with hate but more with love', because love is the main theme of the play and although hatred for others is shown to be very strong in some scenes, love is the focus point of the play. The play ends with love as a theme because Romeo and Juliet die for each other and the remaining parents of the two lovers decide to raise statues in the memory of their children. 'I will raise her statue in pure gold'. This sad ending brings peace to Verona as the two families are reconciled in the loss of their children, and Prince says 'A glooming peace this morning with it brings.' The love that Romeo and Juliet shared prevents any further fighting between the houses, and love stops the hatred from continuing. ...read more.

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