Romeo and Juliet Essay

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Romeo and Juliet Essay

            Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet explores the similarities of love and hate and portrays the complexity and interconnection of each emotion. Through the play we see the love and hate come through characters in a variety of ways, especially violence.

            In Romeo and Juliet, love is a violent, ecstatic, overpowering force that supersedes all other values of the characters. Juliet seems to lose herself in the love of Romeo; she is entirely devoted to him and would do anything, which she would not normally do, just to be with him. This devotion to Romeo is the overriding control of love, which drives her to declare, “be but sworn my love and I’ll no longer be a Capulet.” As well as the devoted side of love that brings the characters to act, there is also the slightly insane side. Both Romeo and Juliet find themselves through the play threatening to kill themselves through the love of each other. Juliet, after being informed of Romeo’s banishment is lost in the consummation of love and is unable to see a future without Romeo, this leads her to rash thoughts of “if all else fail, myself have power to die”.

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            There is a strong connection between love and hate in the play, which is directly related to the strong passion felt by the characters. The characters in the play are very passionate, in the hate of each other’s families and also the love of their own. As Juliet first eyes Romeo, the passion of her family’s hate of the Montagues and the love that she first saw in Romeo, collide. When the nurse reveals Romeo’s identity to Juliet, she sighs “my only love sprung from my only hate”. In addition to the fervour ...

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