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"Romeo And Juliet" How Love And Hate Is Displayed.

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'Romeo and Juliet' is billed as one of the greatest love stories of all time. It is filled with romance from start to finish and almost every character has an object of desire at some point during the play. Could this great emotion be connected to the darker feeling of hate? Almost certainly. And is it possible for a character to feel both of these at exactly the same time as we see so many of Romeo and Juliet's acquaintances do? Perhaps. However, can it be said that both these feelings can in fact be felt at the same time, about the same person? It is this, which I intended to find out in my essay by showing related scenes, which involve one or more character seeming to love and hate.During the Prologue, dramatic irony is the first emotion stirred in the audience because the chorus says, "Doth with their death bury their parents' strife,The fearful passage of their death marked love."The Prologue sorts out the main plot to the play and explains where the play is set.In Act 1 Scene 1, the opening scene, two servants are faced with another two who are being provocative. They say things like, "Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?I do bite my thumb sir.Do you bite your thumb at us sir?They argue momentarily before moving their attention to a short fight in which no-one is hurt, yet a riot begins. The Prince, a very powerful figure in the community, calls for order and tells the townspeople that because the two houses have been guilty on two other occasions of disturbing the peace, the next person found disrupting anyone will pay with their lives. "If you ever disturb out streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace." He then exits and the street becomes quiet again. Lady Montegue and her Husband ask Benvolio, their nephew, to find out what is wrong with their son, Romeo. He does so and soon finds that Romeo is in love. "Alas that love, whose view is muffled still." Of course, the audience automatically thinks that he means he loves Juliet, due to the title of the play but in fact, his heart is, for now, set on Roseline. It is a very quick change in the scene, from a fight, to a man talking of his desires, and works well because they are thematically connected. "Here's much to do with hate, but more to do with love.Why then, O brawling love, O loving hate!"A quote from a critic, Scott Walters, sums up the whole attitude towards changes in the play, which is, "For a love story, 'Romeo and Juliet' has more violence andbloodshed than in most TV mini-series. The play begins with a riot, ends with a double suicide, and in between has three murders. All this takes place in the span of four short days."When Romeo says, "For beauty, starved with her severity, cuts beauty off fromposterity", he means that he loves Rosaline, but has the urgenot to. He can see that the lady he lusts after is so cruel and could never love him, yet he still yearns for her, and hates himself for it.Act 1 Scene 3 is when we meet Juliet for the first time. She is in...

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