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romeo & juliet

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Introduction

Romeo & Juliet "Here's much to do with hate, but more with love." How does Shakespeare explore the themes of hate and love through the words of his characters in Romeo and Juliet? Romeo and Juliet is a story of two warring families who despise each other. The Montague is the house of Romeo's. The house of Juliet's family is the Capulets the play rotates between passionate love scenes to ghastly bloody fight scenes. Also in the play, there are different types of love such as unrequited love, love at first sight, parental love, friendship love and love of family honour and name. In the essay, I will look at the language of love and hate in a variety of scenes. In act 1 scene, one Romeo is in love with Rosaline but she does not show love back to him, this is unrequited love. For example "in that hit you miss: she'll not be hit with cupids' arrow". This illustrates the idea that he has expressed his love but has been rejected as though "cupid's arrow" just deflected of her. He uses oxymoron's, which means using impossible opposites such as love, and hate, which is used throughout the play. An example of an oxymoron is "Here's much to do with hate, but more with love". ...read more.

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This makes Juliet feel scared of what is going to happen in the future and happy at the same time because she will be with Romeo. In act 5 scene 3 Romeo is saying goodbye to Juliet for the final time at her burial tomb. He thinks she is dead but the audience the knows she is not and this makes them uneasy. He goes to the tomb to kill him self however, the audience and reader does not know this so it is a surprise to them when he kills himself. Before he goes into the tomb, Paris is there so he has to kill him. He does not want to kill him but Paris would not let him go inside to see Juliet. After he has killed Paris, he lays him next to Juliet. As he enters Juliet's grave he straight away uses light imagery to describe her. For example, "for here lies Juliet, and her beauty makes this a feasting presence full of light". This illustrates the idea that Juliet's presence in the grave lightens up the grave. Secondly, Romeo talks about his love for his wife by saying "O how may I call this a light'ning? O my love, my wife," This is implying that he truly loves her because he is saying his "love" and his "wife" before that he called her Juliet. ...read more.

Conclusion

Romeo wants the fight to stop because he is apart of Tybalt family as well as Mercutio's. Romeo best describes this when he says to Tybalt "the reason that I have to love thee doth much excuse the appertaining rage to such a greeting". This illustrates the idea that Romeo does not want to fight because he secretly knows that they are family now. However, Tybalt is so hooked on the hate he has for Romeo he just wants to fight. For example, "boy, this shall not excuse the injuries that thou hast done me, therfor turn and draw". Here is insulting Romeo by calling him boy even though he is an adult. He is hoping by insulting him he will be able to get him to fight. Tybalt then hurts Mercutio. This could be the warning that Tybalt was giving at the party, that he will turn something sweet to something bitter. While Mercutio is hurt he uses gross imagery which is the quote "A plague a' both houses! This is gross imagery because a plague is disgusting so he is saying his wound is disgusting. It could also mean the continence of distraught and despair which has happened through and something that may continue. This makes the audience feel tension and lures them into the play even deeper. When Mercutio dies, Romeo is filled with rage towards Tybalt and sets of after him to kill him, which he does. Amar Ali English coursework :51 AM 4/12/2007 page ...read more.

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