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Introduction

English Coursework "Here's much to do with hate, but more with love" Through a close study of Shakespeare's language, analyse how ideas of love and hate are linked in Romeo and Juliet. William Shakespeare is undoubtedly one of the greatest playwrights and poets the world has ever seen. During his life he wrote around 40 plays, Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous and well-known one. The story is about two families "both alike in dignity" whose ancient feud has caused many problems in Verona for years, then two members of different families (Romeo and Juliet) fall in love and "take their life". From the outset of the play it is clear that there are going to be many occasions of love and hate on the play. The prologue states that the families have "an ancient grudge" which breaks to "new mutiny". This is already telling the audience that the play is going be unhappy and have violence. The prologue then goes on to say that "a pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life", signalling that people will die in the play, and that the play will be unhappy. ...read more.

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Romeo states that he is "out of her favour where I am in love", stating that him love for Roseline is one sided, and she doesn't have the feeling for him that he has for her. On line 170 Romeo says "O brawling love, O loving hate", this is a paradox because the love is totally contradictory of the hate. On line 184 of this scene Shakespeare also uses imagery when Romeo says, "love is smoke made with fume of sighs". This makes you imagine what love looks like inside. Act 1, Scene 5 is one of the most significant scenes in the play. This is because Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time. When Romeo first sees Juliet he says "O, she doth teaches the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night. As a rich jewel on an Ethiop's ear - beauty too rich for use, for earth too clear". In this sonnet Romeo is describing his first thoughts of Juliet (love at first sight), he is saying that the glowing appearance she has 'teaches' a torch how to glow (a metaphor). ...read more.

Conclusion

When Juliet hears Romeo she says "O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father, and refuse thy name; or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I'll no longer be a Capulet". In this phrase Juliet is sating that she would rather love Romeo and not be a Capulet than live her life without him. Juliet then goes on to say "Tis but thy name that is my enemy". In this sentence she is saying that he is not the thing keeping her from loving him, it is the name that is Juliet's enemy. It is the name that is stopping her to love him fully. At the end of the scene Romeo and Juliet decide that they will marry in secret and the scene finishes with Romeo leaving to see his friend (Friar Lawrence) to arrange the marriage. The next significant event in Romeo and Juliet occurs during Act 3, Scene 1. Mercutio and Benvolio come across Tybalt, who is looking for Romeo. Tybalt then finds Romeo and insults him, leaving Mercutio challenging Tybalt to a fight. The first round of the fight leaves Mercutio badly wounded (leading to his death). ...read more.

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