How Does Shakespeare Present Love And Hate In Act 1 Scene 1 And Act 1 Scene 5?

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How does Shakespearepresent love and hate inAct 1 scene 1 and Act 1 scene 5?Shakespeare wrote the play of two lovers', Romeo and Juliet. Thought to be, one of the greatest, tragic love stories of all time, however, throughout the play, Shakespeare contrasts love with hate at every possible moment. The two themes, love and hate, are like twins separated at birth, brought up in different backgrounds, a totally different society. Combining these two themes, creates curiosity into how 'a pair of star crossed lovers' and an ancient feud of two rivalry family's, can come to together to present, a great and unforgettable love, with fate bringing them to their death.At the beginning of each act, there is a chorus. This device, is used to inform the audience of the events to follow in the next act, it is written in the sonnet form, which was popular at the time the play was written. Writing in this form, creates suspense and leaves the audience anxious to see the next act. At the beginning of act 1 the prologue reads, "from forth the fatal loins of these 2 foes. A pair of star crossed lovers take their life" here we have love and hate side by side from the beginning. It tells the audience that, regardless of the hate of the two families, a pair of young lovers will do whatever it takes to be together.The prologue is very formal and solemn, it is written like this to create tension. So when the play begins, two servants, from the house of Capulet enter, they talk about fighting and raping the Montague's, "I will push Montague's heads from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall". So straight away the audience immediately sees hatred being portrayed. Then they see some Montague servants, and decide to start a fight, "I will frown as I pass by, and let them take it as they list". A fight then begins. However when Benvolio enters the mood drastically changes, as we begin to see the first signs of love and peace, as he tries to break up the fight. "Part fools! Put up your swords you no not what you do." No sooner have these words of peace been spoken, hate is brought straight back into play, with the entrance of Tybalt! Who forces Benvolio to fight. Then enters Capulet and Lady Capulet, and Montague and Lady Montague. Here we see the love and hate intertwining with the men wanting to fight, but their wives are holding them back, during which the prince enters. Immediately the fighting stops. Here you see the superiority of the prince as he threatens everyone, "if you ever disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace". All this of course happening in the street, creating chaos amongst the town. This presents the feud being not just between the two families, but the whole town, as we are shown, during the fight, with citizens of the town willing to join in fighting both Montague's and Capulet's, "Clubs, bills, and partisans! Strike! Beat them down! Down with the capulets! Down with the Montague's!" Which portrays more hatred!During...

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