Negative emotions are used throughout Romeo and Juliet, The Hero and The Soldier. The emotions I found to be in texts were love, hatred and lies

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Explore the writers’ presentation of emotional voices in the texts you have studied. Compare how negative emotions are shown through the characters in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with the ways negative emotions are also presented in a selection of poetry.

Negative emotions are used throughout Romeo and Juliet, The Hero and The Soldier. The emotions I found to be in texts were love, hatred and lies. I will go into further detail into each of these emotions and the different ways the writers’ present them through the voices of their characters.  I will also see how they relate to the context they are used in.

The first negative emotion presented in a range of the texts is love. Often love is presented as a positive emotion, however in the texts I have analysed I find love to be presented by the writers as the complete opposite; I actually find it to be a hindrance and a cause of great pain and negative feeling between the characters in the texts.

Throughout the First World War poem “The Soldier” Brooke displays a patriotic tone to the poem which is almost acting as propaganda. Brooke’s, through his first person narrative voice, presents love for your country as a good thing and something that is worth dying for. We know he thinks it’s a good thing because he says “If I should die, there’s some corner of a foreign field that is forever England”. Brooke is saying if I survive then great but if I don’t then he has still left his mark on the country and to him at this stage he wouldn’t mind that much if he did die. He also says that the dead bodies of English soldiers are “blest by the suns of home” meaning that because the bodies have been “blest” so must the ground that they die on is also “blest”.  I can understand why he thinks this because he is yet to actually fight in the war and find out the true horrors of war for himself. In hindsight we know the First World War was a complete waste of life and if Rupert Brooke had have known this I wonder if he still would have written this poem suggesting that dying is good. I don’t think that Rupert Brooke or anyone at that time thought The First World War was going to see so many people killed and I also think Brooke wrote this poem with the thought that he wasn’t going to die and that the poem he wrote about love for your country applied to others and not him because he wasn’t the one who was going to be killed, but as we know Brooke did die in the First World War and the love he may have shown in 1914 and the years leading up to the war certainly had vanished when he was eventually killed.

In Siegfried Sassoon’s poem “The Hero” he completely contradicts what Brooke said about love in his poem “The Soldier”, Brooke’s poem comes across as though the men who died will be remembered and loved by the nation but Sassoon’s poem seems to suggest that in fact people will not love the dead and they will just be forgotten about. I can tell Sassoon thinks this when he writes “And no one seemed to care, except that lonely woman with white hair”. This shows that the only person who is going to care about the protagonists death is his mother, and that “no one” else will, to them it’s just another Englishman killed in a war miles from home. Love is shown to be negative because when soldiers think there is going to be lots shown to them when they die in fact there isn’t any at all.

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The next example I found of love being a negative emotion is in Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, the whole theme of love in Romeo and Juliet whether it be love for a partner or love for your family is a disaster from start to finish. The first of many examples comes in Act 1 Scene 1 when only a few minutes into the play a brawl between the Montague’s and the Capulet’s break out. Luckily for the Montague’s and the Capulet’s no one is killed fighting for the love of their family, already though love has been the catalyst of ...

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