Romeo and Juliet: the Themes of Love, Hate and Fate

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Love Hate and Fate Essay
‘Romeo and Juliet’, a Shakespearean tragedy play written in the late 16th Century, conveys the themes of love, hate and fate. Shakespeare explores the complex nature of these universal feelings and the impact of fate through the death of young Romeo and Juliet. Various types of love portrayed include romantic love and love for family pride, members and title. Hate and feuding is also present throughout the story, instigated particularly by the character Tybalt. The composer interacts the themes of love, hate and fate to show how destructive and powerful they can be to the unity and peace of a society.

Love presents itself in a myriad of ways throughout ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Calf love, a term given to mere infatuation, is depicted when Romeo declares his fleeting love for Rosaline. Shakespeare contrasts this with Romeo’s discovery of his true love for Juliet. The composer constructs the characters to fall in love at first sight and realise their true love for one another as they get to know each other’s self and personalities. This deep and powerful love overrides other values, emotions and loyalties they previously have. The use of nature symbolism, “Two of the fairest stars in heaven, having some business, do entreat her eyes to twinkle in their spheres till they return” allows the audience to see the depth of Romeo’s love as he compares Juliet to a goddess. He implies that her beauty is so great, that nothing universal can compare. When Romeo was exiled for slaying Tybalt, Juliet cries, “O serpent heart, hid with a flow’ring face! Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave?” The paradoxes highlight Juliet’s mixed feelings about whether she should feel angry at Romeo, or whether she should be happy that Tybalt was killed instead of her lover. It is the depth of the Romeo and Juliet’s forbidden love which results in their deaths. The oxymoron, “Oh happy dagger!” portrays Juliet’s grief and desperation as she realises that death would allow...