Shakespeare shows the futility of the human emotion hate. How does hate destroy peoples' lives in Romeo and Juliet?ive got some ideas but nothing major, id appreciate any help at all. Thanks!

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Well, for one thing, hatred has fueled the fued between the Capulets and Montagues for decades.  The Prince's life is affected as he has to declare the next person from either side who starts silliness in the streets will be put to death.  The servants from both houses are even at odds with each other.  Mercutio is murdered by Tybalt, who in turn is killed by Romeo to avenge Mercutio's death.  At this point, Romeo and Juliet are already in love and Juliet's heart is ripped apart because she's lost a cousin and her lover has done the killing.  The nurse most certainly suffers through the whole affair as she is Juliet's "mother" for all practical purposes.  And in the end, Romeo drinks poison and Juliet stabs herself with Romeo's dagger in her family's tomb simply because their families have hated each other for so long that she was certain she would not be allowed to marry Romeo.  So many deaths because of two families' despising one another. Shakespeare has made quite a point.

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