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What is the significance of the love/hate contrast in Romeo and Juliet? Can you give...

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masteryoda | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 10, 2012 at 2:27 AM via web

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What is the significance of the love/hate contrast in Romeo and Juliet? Can you give some examples?

I am going along the lines of how their love is like a light in the midst of the feud which can be represented by darkness for my thesis statement. Can you tell me the function of this love/hate contrast and give me examples as well? Thanks in advance!

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princess312 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted January 28, 2013 at 5:29 PM (Answer #1)

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Hate- Montague+Capulet family fued--> example=Romeo+Tybalt

Love- Juliet+Romeo--> love one another... kill themselves to be with one another

-Juliet + Nurse--> Nurse loves Juliet and wants best for Juliet. When Juliet's parents threaten to disown her, Juliet turns to the Nurse for help. The Nurse wants best for Juliet and thinks she will be more happier with Paris. Even under difficult circumstances, the Nurse tells Juliet what she thinks because she loves Juliet as her own daughter. Juliet takes it the wrong way and considers it as betrayal. 

The love between Romeo and Juliet is considered light in the family fued because their love made them commit suicide for one another which made the family fued no longer exist. Therefore, the hate does not exist no longer.

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npoore84 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted December 17, 2012 at 4:02 AM (Answer #2)

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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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