Theme Of Hatred In Romeo And Juliet

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“Hatred- Connection to Deaths” Hate is having emotions of intense hostility towards another person or thing. This hatred could lead a family down a reckless road filled with consequences. William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, consistently displays that hatred between its two families, Montagues and Capulets, allowing the readers to see how that led to the ultimate deaths of several characters. Shakespeare had shown hate through the dialogue, mood, and characterization. Directing a film version of Romeo and Juliet, Franco Zeffirelli used acting and the setting to show the hatred between the two families. He had successfully presented this theme of hate that assisted in teaching a lesson on how it leads to the eventual deaths …show more content…
Tybalt then comes in saying words of hate, “What, drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word/ As a hate hell, all Montagues, and thee!”(I.i.71-73). The two houses go on to start a public brawl and would not stop until the prince came to stop them. The way these two rival families speak to each other clearly indicate that they despise the other family and it paints the mood as dark. Even servants would start a brawl between one another in the public when they see their opposing foes. It was this level of loathing between these two houses that resulted in three public brawls and the deaths following those brawls. In addition, it led to Romeo and Juliet hiding their relationship, so that it would not be known by their parents that the two of them were in love with their enemies. This caused Juliet to make a rash decision to fake her death to be with Romeo, but instead they both end up committing suicides. Ultimately, the two opposing family’s hatred had resulted in the deaths of many people, showing how connected this theme of hatred is to all the deaths and thus proving how hate moves the plot …show more content…
The setting in the background during the beginning of the movie indicated the hate clearly. Sounds, like the screaming and the ringing of the large bell during that moment, make it more dramatic since more people rushed in for the brawl. In addition, it could be seen that there were people being injured. Tybalt had cut Benvolio’s hand and there was a man with blood all over his face and had to be carried by other men in the background. All this created a setting of a large central place, where hundreds of people were being injured and some killed over the family’s hate. With this being shown during the very start, it noticeably outlined that more deaths could happen by their hate.
Hatred results in many connected deaths during Romeo and Juliet that help show how the plot is driven by that theme. This was shown by acting. For example, when Michael York, the actor for Tybalt, gets his hand shaken by Romeo, he looks at it with disgust and rapidly heads to wash it off in the water, where he splashes water onto Mercutio. His acting skills show how much Tybalt hates Romeo since he even needs to wash off his touch. In addition, after Romeo finds out Mercutio is dead, his actor, Leonard Whiting, does a looked enraged and ended

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