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Love Overpowers Hate In Romeo And Juliet

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Love is a very powerful force which some believe has the capability to overpower hate. Within the play, Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare displays various events in which the characters convey the message that love can conquer all. The characters in this play continue to forgive the ones they love, even under harsh circumstances. Additionally, Shakespeare effectively demonstrates how Romeo and Juliet’s love for one another overpowers significant emotional scenes within the play, including the feuding between their two families. Furthermore, by the end of the play the reader sees how love defeats the shock of death and how Romeo and Juliet’s love ends the ancient feud between the Capulets and Montagues. Using these three events, the reader sees Shakespeare’s message of how love can conquer all. In the desperate battle between love and hate, Shakespeare believes love to be the more powerful force in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.
Shakespeare shows throughout the play how the characters continue to forgive the ones they love, even in the harsh circumstances. Angered by the death of his good friend Mercutio, Romeo slays Tybalt. “This gentleman, the Prince’s near ally, /My friend, hath got this mortal hurt In my behalf-my reputation stained /With Tybalt’s slander-Tybalt, that an hour /Hath been my cousin.”(3, 1, 104-108). Juliet could have been very angry with Romeo since Tybalt was her cousin but she was more heartbroken over Romeo’s exile. Shakespeare displays that Juliet’s love for Romeo overpowered the hate she had for him killing Tybalt. In addition, Shakespeare displayed that love conquers hate through the relationship between Juliet and her father, Lord Capulet. Near the end of the play Capulet told Juliet that she had to marry Paris. Juliet was not ready, and she did not want to marry Paris because she was married to Romeo and he was her only love. Capulet raged at Juliet and told her that she was ungrateful; he says that he will disown her if she disobeys him. Juliet is distraught and goes to Friar Laurence for advice. When she returns she tells the nurse that she wants forgiveness from Capulet and that she is truly sorry for her behavior. After everything Capulet had said to Juliet, she still wants his forgiveness. Capulet forgives Juliet, showing that his love for her is greater than all of his anger and hate. Once again, this shows how even when Juliet had so much hate for her father, her love for him was much more. The last point of forgiveness that the reader sees in this play is the Prince’s forgiveness for Romeo. Though the Prince had announced that anyone who brawled would be punished, he chose to give Romeo a second chance. The Prince decided instead of execution, he was going to exile Romeo. The Prince was obviously very disappointed with Romeo but he cared for him too much to kill him. Shakespeare efficiently expresses the use of forgiveness within this play using these actions.
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