How does Shakespeare portray hatred in Romeo and Juliet?

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How does Shakespeare portray hatred in Romeo and Juliet?

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy full of hatred. It portrays the hatred between the two families, the Montagues and the Capulets. At the end it brings the two families closer together, due to the deaths of the two lovers, Romeo and Juliet. People have watched these revenge tragedies in Elizabethan times as well as today for hundreds of years.

The two families have an "ancient grudge" for many years and the two lovers have brought up to hate each other. This has been a common feature in life in Italy.

The play begins with a fight with the servants of both houses, as both are very loyal to their masters. Benvolio (Montague) attempts to stop the fighting but tybalt (Capulet) wants to continue.

"What! Drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee."

This just tells us how much they both hate each other.

The heads of the houses both try to join in the fight but lady Capulet and lady Montague hold their husbands back.

Thou Villain Capulet! Hold me not; let me go."

There is the arrival of the prince who stops the fight.

Romeo was not at the fight, he has been alone and depressed. When Benvolio catches up with him Romeo talks about love.

"Here's much to do with hate, but more with love".

He is referring to the hate as being the hate he has for the Capulets and the love he has for the Capulet girl he likes, who as we find out later that her Rosaline is her name.

Mercutio Romeo's best friend has managed to get tickets for Capulets party at his mansion. Tybalt sees Romeo at the party and Capulet is forced to restrain him.

"Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe. A villain that is hither come in spite to scorn at our solemnity this night."

In Baz Luhrmanns version of Romeo and Juliet, Tybalt is dressed in black, which indicates evil and hatred.
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Romeo sees Juliet for the first time, and they fall in love. Once Romeo has found out that Juliet is a Capulet and vice versa, the atmosphere changes. The party ends and the Montague party leave together. On their departure Romeo is growing anxious and he is desperate to see his love again. He jumps over the orchard wall back into the Capulet grounds. He can still hear Mercutio's jokes, mocking him, but he ignores them.

"Romeo! Humours! Madman! Passion! Lover!"

Romeo speaks of his love for Juliet, believing that he is alone.


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