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Romeo and Juliet - The Contrast of Love and Hate

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Romeo and Juliet The Contrast of Love and Hate Bharatjit Basuta (11kw) Romeo and Juliet is a love story that has more hostility and bloodshed than most of to day's common television series. The play begins with an insurrection of the civilian people, ends with a double suicide, and in between of this hostility and bloodshed there is an act of three murders. All of this takes place in the duration of four petite days. In the love story of Romeo and Juliet it is frequent for love to turn to hate from one line to another. This indistinctness is reflected throughout Romeo and Juliet, whose language is riddled with oxymorons. "O brawling love, O loving hate," Romeo cries in the play's very first scene, using a figure of speech and setting up a theme of love and hate that is played out during the five acts. In act one scene five Romeo lays eyes Juliet for the first time, he is stunned by her exquisiteness and describes her beauty using the language of a sonnet. The imagery used by Romeo to describe Juliet gives central insight into their relationship. ...read more.


Benvolio desires to avoid a confrontation with the Capulets; however, Mercutio is intentionally offensive and tries to portray Tybalt into an dispute so that they can brawl. Romeo enters the scene and Tybalt insults him, hoping he will react to the challenge, but Romeo refuses because he is now related to Tybalt through his marriage to Juliet. Mercutio, appalled by Romeo's disinclination to fight, answers Tybalt's insults on Romeo's behalf. Tybalt and Mercutio draw their swords and fight. To halt the battle, Romeo steps among them and Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeo's arm. Mercutio's wound is fatal and he dies crying "A plague o' both your houses!" Mercutio's is able to punctuate his remarks with thrusts and gestures that accentuate his meaning. Since Mercutio is a favourite out of the characters, audiences easily adopt his Mercutio's of their ancient resentment. Blinded by rage over Mercutio's death, Romeo attacks and kills Tybalt. Mercutio's is a vital element that disappears from the play. It is the climax of the play. With Mercutio dead the fun and games are gone from the play. With the comedian of the characters dead, the tale cannot possibly have a blissful ending. ...read more.


Early in the play, Romeo calls, "O brawling love, O loving hate." Juliet later speaks his words when she by sayin, "My only love sprung from my only hate." This inconsistency expresses a conflict that is often found in civilization. The hatred between the Capulet and Montague families is what forced Romeo and Juliet into concealment and eventually caused their deaths. At a terrible price, Romeo and Juliet love caused the hatred to be put aside amongst the families. As luck would have it, their brightness shines through in death to disband the darkness of the families' hatred. Only through death can Romeo and Juliet preserve their love, and their love is so profound that they are willing to end their lives in its defences. In the play, love emerges as an unethical thing, leading as much to devastation as to contentment. But in its extreme passion, the love that Romeo and Juliet experience also appears so delicately beautiful that few would want. Romeo and Juliet does not make any specific moral statement about the relationships between love and hate, and family; rather, it portrays the chaos and passion of being in love. The play combines images of love, violence, death, and family in an impressionistic rush leading to the play's tragic conclusion. ...read more.

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