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Romeo n& Juliet, is this play about love, hate or both?

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? ? Early on, Romeo remarks "here's much to do with hate, but more with love" Is this play about love or hate - or both? By referring to the text, motivate your answer. 'Romeo & Juliet' is a play famous for being full of strong emotions, especially love and hate. Romeo remarks early on: 'Here's much to do with hate, but more with love'. The two characters secret, passionate love affair illustrates how true their love is, despite the ancient and ongoing feud taking place between the families. This essay will explore the issues of love and hate and decide if it is about love, hate or both. The Prologue reads 'a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life'' it made clear from this very first page of the play that Romeo & Juliet are both destined to die, despite this, the audience can still become absorbed into the drama, their strong love is portrayed here, but hate is also prominent, "from ancient grudge break to new mutiny'' this is referring to the old and ongoing feud between the houses of Montague and Capulet. This grudge is a key point throughout the whole play. The play opens, Act one Scene One, with a pair of servants from the house of Capulet, they are strolling around Verona looking for a fight, they taunt each other, one comments that he would challenge any Montague, even a woman, ...read more.


Act three Scene one is another key hate filled scene, this is the scene in which Mercutio and Tybalt are killed in duels. Mercutio and Benvolio are once again out in Verona, and the Capulet's are looking for a fight. Benvolio wants Mercutio to withdraw, but he refuses. Tybalt and his companions come over, looking for Romeo, as he is still bitter at the fact that he showed up at their ball. Mercutio taunts them, looking for a fight, while Benvolio tries to warn him. When Romeo arrives, Tybalt tries his best to pick a fight with him, insulting him, but Romeo keeps his cool and responds calmly. Mercutio is incensed at Romeo's apparent cowardice and challenges Tybalt himself, they fight while Romeo tries step in and stop the feud. In the confusion Tybalt dodges Romeo and stabs Mercutio, he finds help, but dies almost straight away. Romeo is furious and turns of Tybalt, attacking him frenziedly and killing him. Realising what he has done he flees. "fire-eyed fury be my conduct now" This scene may appear to be all about hate, but it is not only his hate for Tybalt that makes him stab him, it is also his love for Mercutio that makes him do it. The mixture of the two emotions results in Tybalt's death. ...read more.


"Seal with kiss, A dateless bargain to engrossing death" He says he will make an eternal bargain with death, to take their two lives and seal it with a kiss. At this point, he draws a phial of poison, and drinks it. Romeo then dies too. He Friar enters, and sees the two bodies of Paris and Romeo, Juliet starts to stir, the Friar leaves, too afraid of what Juliet may do on seeing Romeo's dead body, and he was right, upon seeing him she draws Romeo's dagger, and takes her own life too. In conclusion, this play is not about just love, or just hate, it is a powerful mixture of both of the strong emotions. They are both equally prominent throughout the play, engrossing the audience in the story unfolding. Love and hate are closely linked in the play, although they are opposite emotions. The two lovers are desperately in love with each other, willing to do anything for one another, are from two families who hate each other, from the heads of the house all the way down to rivalry among the servants, a deep seated grudge. If this play was just about hate, or just about love, the lack of the other emotion would change the story completely; it would either be two ordinary lovers, or just two sets of people who hate each other. This play needs both of these emotions to be as dramatic and absorbing it is. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ellen McGachy. ...read more.

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