Theme Of Hate In Romeo And Juliet

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Hate is Essential to Romeo and Juliet Hate in society is seen as a strong emotion; hate can often consume a person and drain them to the point at which they are expressing irrational and meaningless dislike for another. Hate is a prominent theme throughout the play of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, the destructive nature of hate is responsible for most of the plot development in the play. Without hate the play is stale and does not feature any excitement or new action. The destructive nature of hate is essential to the play, it is responsible for the downfall of characters, to reach a peaceful path among the two families, and gain a full understanding on the powerful love. Hate is significant theme when discussing character’s …show more content…
Fetch me my rapier, boy. What dares the slave Come hither, cover 'd with an antic face, To fleer and scorn at our solemnity? Now, by the stock and honor of my kin, To strike him dead, I hold it not a sin (I, v, 55 – 58).
When Tybalt discovers that Romeo has crashed the Capulet party his first instinct is to kill him. This meaningless hatred derives from the Montague and Capulet feud, and this hatred leads to his own downfall as a character. This event triggers his animosity towards Romeo and eventually makes him a killer and gets himself killed. In addition, this hatred is essential to the play because it ends with Romeo being banished from Verona, which is a crucial point that leads into the star-crossed lovers
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Romeo is a lover at heart, he is not interested in the conflict between the houses. Romeo shows that love can overshadow hatred when he says, “Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee Doth much excuse the appertaining rage to such a greeting. Villain am I none. Therefore, farewell. I see thou know’st me not. (III, i, 33 – 36)” Romeo excuses the insult Tybalt calls him, and although he notices how much Tybalt hates him, he says he loves him. He does not respond back with hatred, instead with love. This very small quote illustrates how strong Romeo’s love for Juliet really is. Instead of becoming hostile like another person from the house of Montague, he understands that he is married to Juliet from the house of Capulet and Tybalt is his family now and puts his pride and his name behind him. He restraints from having to touch Tybalt until Mercutio is killed by Tybalt. His love for Mercutio, overtakes and he goes into a rage, killing Tybalt. To understand love we must understand hate, Romeo makes sacrifices and does not allow his love to be overshadowed by hatred, even when killing Tybalt, he killed to avenge his friend Mercutio out of pure

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