Love And Hate In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet Analysis

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Themes of Love and Hate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet, one of the most famous plays of all time, is so because of the combination of doomed love and troubled hate that
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Although he is later calmed by Old Capulet the audience still sees his unjustified hate for anything Montague, sadly this causes both his and Mercutio's death.

To help show the audience the impact of the scene Romeo and Juliet's love is exemplified in the form of a sonnet. A traditional sonnet written in Shakespearian times would nearly always be based on love and this is no different. The equal quatrains at the beginning of the sonnet present an equal love; as Romeo speaks, Juliet replies; which is unusual in the patriarchal society in which they lived. It also reflects the twin narcissism of their relationship; each is as self absorbed as the other which almost inevitably leads to the death of them both. The sonnet gradually develops, growing ever more elaborate with words such as "pilgrim" and "unworthiest" turning to "devotion" and "holy palmers". There is as well an additional sense of dramatic irony in the scene, as the audience knows Romeo and Juliet's love cannot be because of the unfortunate rivalries that they were born into. The rhyming couplet: "Saints do not move, though grant
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Then move not, while my prayers' effect I take." Again this shows their bind together and just how well they are suited for each other. Words like 'sin', 'prayer', and 'saint' introduce religious language which overemphasizes the importance of the relationship presenting it as almost godly. Religion was probably the single most important thing in people's lives and a comparison suggests the how great the magnitude of Romeo and Juliet's love is. The joy of the meeting is also accentuated by the location of the meeting. The party backdrop provides a sense of merriness for both the audience and characters which helps allow the audience to become involved in the moment.

As the scene draws to an end Juliet is questioning the Nurse over the identity of her love: "Go, ask his name. - If he be married, my grave is like to be my wedding-bed." This shows the audience just how quickly they have fallen in love but more importantly for the story, foreshadows the end for them just as the prologue does before we know anything about either Romeo or

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