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How does Shakespeare present love and hate in Romeo and Juliet?Having trouble with my...

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Posted December 15, 2012 at 9:23 PM via web

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How does Shakespeare present love and hate in Romeo and Juliet?

Having trouble with my essay. my teacher told me to focus on Act2:scence2 Act3 scene1 Act 5 scene 1. Please, I really need help. My target grade is an A.

(dramatic irony,pathetic fallacy,foreshadowing analysis of specifc words e.t.c)

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npoore84 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted December 17, 2012 at 3:56 AM (Answer #1)

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The best example of hate in Romeo and Juliet is the long-time feud between the families of the Monagues and Capulets. This example of hate is shown especially in Act II during the fight between Romeo and Tybalt. Even though Romeo knows that Tybalt is Juliet's cousin, and has just become related to him through marriage, he still takes matters into his own hands by killing Tybalt. Romeo does this because he feels he must avenge Mercutio's death because Tybalt killed Mercutio. Due this these events. Romeo is banished from the city because he disobeyed the prince's orders that there was to be no fighting in the streets between the two families because of the disorder that they were causing in the city.

The best example of love is obviously between Romeo and Juliet. Though it is feasible to say that their love was very immature, they were willing to sacrifice their own lives for one another. Juliet is willing to take a potion that would cause her to "sleep" for a few days despite the fears that she has. When Romeo learns of Juliet's "death," which he believes in because he does not receive the note sent him, he resolves that he cannot live without her. 

 

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