Hate and Love in Romeo and Juliet

Topics: Romeo and Juliet, Characters in Romeo and Juliet, Love Pages: 4 (1457 words) Published: September 3, 2007
Romeo states in Act 1, "Here is much to do with hate, but more with." By analyzing the many forms love takes in the play, explore whether Romeo was right in his contention.

Romeo and Juliet, the tragic play by William Shakespeare, centers around the love story between Romeo, the young heir of the Montagues, and Juliet, the daughter of the house of Capulet. Because of an on-going feud between the two families, Romeo and Juliet are forced to keep their love a secret, marry in secret and, due to ill-fated consequences; they die together in the tomb of the Capulets.

Romeo and Juliet has to be one of the most famous love stories ever written, however to every good thing there is in life, there is a bad, an opposite or an inverse. In our play, hate is contrary to love, and this is displayed from start to finish. Unfortunately our play does not start in favor of love, we see a skirmish between the rival families and an undeniable sense of hatred. "What drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montagues and thee. Have at thee Coward." We do however see an act of love quite soon after this event when the prince enters the stage to stop the feud. I would believe this to be an act of love mainly because I think that he stops the fight in an attempt to protect the people that he reigns over.

Romeo, I think sums up the whole play when he says, "here is much to do with hate, but more to do with love." Obviously in our play the main form of love we see take the stage is true love, between our two main characters Romeo and Juliet. I think this is an instant love at first sight. On the other hand you could argue it is just lust at this point because when they first see each other they only talk about each other's looks. At the ball Romeo says, "For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." Juliet also says, "Go ask for his name – If he be married. My Grave is like to be my wedding bed." This Means that she is in love with him so much that if he...
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