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Show how 'Romeo and Juliet' presents dramatically the themes of Love and Hate

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Show how 'Romeo and Juliet' presents dramatically the themes of Love and Hate William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April time 1564. He was the third of seven children. At eighteen he married Anne Hathaway, eventually having three children with her. Shakespeare did most of his theatre work in a district northeast of London, in two theatres owned by James Burbage, called the Theatre and the Curtain. In 1598, Burbage moved to Bankside and built the famous Globe Theatre. He wrote for many different social classes and types of people. He created many plays specially made to be preformed in the Globe Theatre. The Globe theatre was built in 1598 in London's Bankside district, but was burnt down in 1613. A new one was built from the remains of the old one. In 1603, Shakespeare's theatrical company was taken under the patronage of King James I, and became known as the King's Company. In 1608, the company acquired the Blackfriars Theatre. His plays were generally comedies, histories and tragedies. He wrote 17 comedies, 10 histories and 11 tragedies, along with 154 sonnets, in the space of twenty-three years. Shakespeare's works have been translated into every major living language, and his plays are continually performed all around the world. He has proven to be the greatest playwright the world has ever seen. The story of Romeo and Juliet starts with a long feud that has been going on between two upper-class families of Verona for years. Two teenagers from either family, meet, fall deeply in love, and marry within two days, almost in secret. ...read more.

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This is a typical one, the arguing and snowball effect of the characters means the audience has to keep watching all the time to keep up with this hectic scene. Act 2 Scene 2 is an altogether different scene from Act 1 scene 1 or Act 1 scene 5. Firstly, only two characters are involved. It is the first time Romeo and Juliet have a long conversation without anyone else in the scene. The love in this scene is disturbed by the ever growing anxiety of Juliet, thinking Romeo will be murdered if found by the Capulets. Romeo says 'My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself, Because it is an enemy to thee, had I it written, I would tear the word'. This shows how much Romeo wishes he did not have the name he has, but it is clear that no matter how much they dislike it, fate made them enemies, and if he had the choice, he would tear the name apart. Juliet says 'The orchard walls are high and hard to climb, And the place death, considering who thou art, If any of my kinsmen find thee here'. She worries that Romeo will not be able to climb the walls of the Capulet house and escape, and that he will die if any of her family find him. The Prince has given them warnings about violence on the streets ever happening again. But yet again the peace is disturbed as Mercutio and Tybalt fight, leading to the death of Mercutio. At the beginning of the scene Benvolio says 'By head, here come the Capulet's. ...read more.

Conclusion

Romantic lines are remembered from this play, as love is so vividly described. At the start of the play Romeo is not yet in love with Juliet. He is in love with a girl called Rosaline. This is the first idea of love within the play. Romeo's love for Rosaline is quick, impulsive, and unfortunately, unrequited. She does not love Romeo back, and therefore Romeo is mourning for her. More importantly though, Romeo is not really in love with Rosaline. He is in love with the idea of being in love. This love is in sharp contrast to the love that Romeo will later feel for Juliet - true love. He talks of "O brawling love, O loving hate". Shakespeare puts lots of antithesis and oxymoron into Romeo speech, which end up looking mismatched and chaotic. They are supposed to show he is confused about love, but his feelings are portrayed as fake. Romeo sees Juliet at the Capulet feast and falls instantly in love with her. Rosaline is simply a long-lost memory at this point. Even Romeo admits that he never really saw what true beauty or love was until this night, that he beholds Juliet. It is at this point that Romeo himself realizes the difference in the love he thought he felt for Rosaline and the love he now feels for Juliet. The first fourteen lines of their meeting are written in a sonnet. Romeo refers to Juliet as a 'Saint', and refers to himself as a 'Pilgrim'. This gives the impression he is seeking out for her, and is destined to fined her and kiss her hand as pilgrims do to saints. ...read more.

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