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Since the lovers die at the end of the play, does this mean that hatred has the final victory?

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Since the lovers die at the end of the play, does this mean that hatred has the final victory? Most people in today's world dream of finding someone that they truly love, and who loves them in return, and spending the rest of their lives together. However, back in Elizabethan times, things were slightly different. It would have been more important for a girl to marry someone she didn't love then to never marry at all because she didn't care for anyone, it was thought of as foolish for someone to marry for love. Girls would have been married from around the age of twelve, and would have been expected to have their husbands' children. Most people preferred to have sons rather than daughters, mainly because when a father found a suitable husband for his daughter, he had to pay money, or goods in order for his daughter to be allowed to marry, this is known as a dowry. Whilst in the marriage, the wife would have been her husbands' property, just as children would belong to their parents. Romeo and Juliet is based upon this system. From the very beginning of the play, we are told that Romeo and Juliet will die because of their love for each other, for example, 'The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love' (Prologue), and throughout the play we are reminded that the beautiful love story we are hearing, will end in tragedy. ...read more.

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Again it seems that even though there doesn't seem to be a lot of love, and at one point there is hate between Lady Capulet and Juliet, in the end you can really see the love shining through. The thought of her only daughter dying, brought out the love that Lady Capulet had for Juliet. Another relationship that demonstrates hate turning to love, is that of Romeo and Tybalt. Tybalt actually, physically hates Romeo- he is ready and willing to kill him whenever he has the chance. 'Romeo, the hate I bear thee can afford No better term than this, --thou art a villain' (Act 3 Scene 1 lines 53-54). He says on many occasions how much he hates Romeo, and ironically, in the end it is Romeo that kills Tybalt. So where does the love come into it? After marrying Tybalts' cousin, Juliet, Romeo feels a strong bond of love towards Tybalt. However, since Tybalt does not know Romeo and Juliet are married, he still continues to hate Romeo. In this case, hate does have the final word. One of the most important relationships, the main focus of the story, is that of Capulet and Montague. This relationship causes the hatred in the play, and in the end it is the death of their loved ones, that brings about the caring, and the love. ...read more.

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What does this have to do with the battle between love and hate? The way I see it is that when Juliet speaks these words, in a way she is referring to the fact that sometimes there is hate, that is surrounded by love. That there is death that is meant to bring something good. A Raven is symbolic of bad things like death, being unholy and bad luck, whereas the Dove is symbolic of peace, hope, love and G-d. Since the Raven being referred to, has the feathers of a Dove, goodness and hope surround it, even though at the core, at the heart of it all is evil and unhappiness. I think that this corresponds to the play, and how although it is sad, and painful to loose people you love, especially your children, in this case it was all for a greater good, to bring peace and love to all. 'Thus with a kiss I die' I think that this sums everything up. Romeo's final thought was of love- a kiss. Just as I believe that the final victory belonged to love. Throughout the play, it was shown that 'love conquers all', and that although there were a few situations that love didn't seem to be present, in the end everyone could see past the hurt, to the love. ...read more.

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