Are there any quotes in Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet that support the strong emotions, love, deception, and isolation between any characters? I have to compare them both for my English literature...

Are there any quotes in Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet that support the strong emotions, love, deception, and isolation between any characters?
I have to compare them both for my English literature exam but have no idea what to write.

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First, we need to be clear. Love may be an emotion, but deception and isolation are not emotions.

Second, to find such quotations, one could go to a website that contains the play (see the links below), and search for words such as "love", "deceive", "alone", "lonely", or "isolation."

Love in Macbeth is, of course, much different than in Romeo and Juliet. For example, in Macbeth, Angus says of the murderous Macbeth: "Those he commands move only in command, Nothing in love". Here, Angus is talking about something far different than the sort of love one finds in Romeo and Juliet when Romeo says "In sadness, cousin, I do love a woman."

Both plays deal with deception on some level, but Macbeth touches upon deception with a view towards deliberate murder. Romeo and Juliet does contain a few comments on deception, such as when Juliet learns that the handsome Romeo has killed Tybalt: "O that deceit should dwell / In such a gorgeous palace!"

Finally, a word search of the two plays will reveal passages that hint at solitude. As Macbeth moves deeper and deeper into his murderous activities, he becomes more and more isolated. After plotting the murder of Banquo and Fleance, Lady Macbeth asks her husband, "How now, my lord! why do you keep alone...?" In Romeo and Juliet, the two lovers' isolation from one another contributes to their deaths. Juliet must seek solitude to take the potion that will make her appear to be dead ("To-morrow night look that thou lie alone").

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