Romeo And Julliet Love And Hate

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Romeo and JulietShakespeare's plays are only about love or hate. Discuss this statement referring to AT LEAST ONE of Shakespeare's plays. "Shakespeare writes about love and hate as if they are friends and not polar opposites. Love is a strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties, admiration or devotion. Hate is an intense hostility and aversion deriving from fear or anger. In the play, love and hate are both intense. Love and hate are usually thought of as opposites, but in Romeo and Juliet, love and hate are two sides of the same coin. Romeo and Juliet are two children from warring families, the Capulet's and the Montague's who turn their hatred of each other into love. Ultimately, the hatred between their two families drives the lovers towards their tragic deaths. When their parents discover Romeo and Juliet dead in each other's arms, they vow to end the feud between their two families. Romeo and Juliet is a play of love and hate but yet love triumphs. At the start of the play Romeo realizes that he is not really in love with Rosaline. He is in love with the idea of being in love You can see this through the movie Romeo and Juliet because Romeo is writing about love in a diary or journal about love not about Rosaline. This signifies that he may not be in love with Rosaline but in love with the idea. This love is in sharp contrast to the love that Romeo will later feel for Juliet - true love. Romeo sees Juliet at the Capulet feast and falls instantly in love with her. Rosaline is simply a long-lost memory he says "did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." (3.5.52). It is at this point that Romeo himself realizes the difference in the love he thought he felt for Rosaline and the love he now feels for Juliet. Juliet, from her window, proclaims her love for Romeo, who was below in the Capulet orchard. Juliet tells Romeo that she will even change her name "O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name. Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and I'll no longer be a Capulet." (2.2.33-36) This idea of what Juliet is willing to do for love is brought to a head at the end of the play, when she performs the most dramatic act of love throughout the play by killing herself. Romeo learns that Juliet is dead, and leaves for Verona immediately. He buys poison along the way, intending to kill himself when he gets to Juliet in the Capulet tomb. He would rather kill himself than have to live without Juliet, his wife. This idea of love and death also appears over and over again. Just like Romeo would rather kill himself than have to live without the love of Juliet, she too says the exact same thing earlier in the play. But the question is would there love be so strong if there family hadn't been feuding?The role of hatred also plays an important role in Romeo and Juliet. We never are told why the two families are feuding though the Prince says their...

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