Romeo & Juliet and Medea

Topics: Romeo and Juliet, Characters in Romeo and Juliet, Love Pages: 3 (1052 words) Published: May 25, 2013
Romeo & Juliet and Medea

“Love is a given, hatred is acquired.” Love and hate are both very powerful. But the difference is that hate is caused by love. Do you hate someone you don’t even know? Or do you hate someone you used to love? Hate is powerful because of love, when love dies down hate takes over. We can say we all love, it comes naturally. Hate comes after a loss of love, or because of it. In the plays Romeo & Juliet and Medea, love attempts to overpower people’s emotions yet hate still over rules it with death and pain; proving that hate is more powerful than love because hate dominates when love is lost.

When there is a lack of love, hatred dominates. Love always falls short, just like in Medea, when Medea realizes that Jason will never love her in return, that is when she wants to get revenge. It is also shows in Romeo & Juliet when Paris is not loved back, and he wants to kill and die for Juliet. In both plays people lose love, and they both end in tragedy. Neither people truly mourned, Medea and Paris just went straight to a tragic end. Medea hated Jason, and wanted nothing but for him to suffer. Paris always knew he could never have his love, and he fought Romeo and was willing to kill and die for her. Not only is there hate, there is an absence of love. Only when people start hating themselves and each other is when they start thinking and doing crazy things. Several can become blinded by love, and that is when hatred takes its place in controlling one’s emotions. In Romeo & Juliet, Juliet’s cousin Tybalt wants to fight with Romeo. If Juliet knew of this she would not want the two people who she cares about to fight in combat. Romeo knowing this, refuses to battle Tybalt. Mercutio, Romeo's best friend, fights instead. Romeo forbids this, and tries to stop them. His love for Juliet makes him stop and think of what would happen if he ended up killing Tybalt, or if Tybalt killed him. While trying to stop the fight between Mercutio and Tybalt,...
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