Romeo And Juliet Hate Quotes

What are some love/hate quotes from Romeo and Juliet?

One quote about hate in Romeo and Juliet is delivered by the prince as the play nears completion:

Where be these enemies?—Capulet, Montague,
See, what a scourge is laid upon your hate,
That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love (5.3.301–303).

In this quote, the prince outlines the effects of the ongoing hatred between the Capulets and the Montagues. Both families now suffer the loss of their greatest "joys," their children, because they allowed hatred to consume their lives.

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Love and hate are intertwined throughout Romeo and Juliet. In act 1, scene 1, as a street brawl erupts between the Montagues and Capulets, the level-headed Benvolio tries to stop the fighting. He has brought his sword, but he advises Tybalt to stay peaceful. Tybalt responds with a torrent of hate that shows his animus towards the Montagues:

What, drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word,
As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee.
Tybalt, as he will be until he dies, is anxious to fight any Montague he can, even after the prince forbids it on pain of death. Tybalt develops a special hatred of Romeo after the sees the young man flirting with his cousin Juliet at the Capulet party.

Ironically, when Juliet hears that her beloved cousin Tybalt is dead and that Romeo has killed him, her initial burst of grief has her turn with hate on her new husband. In an outpouring of emotion, she condemns Romeo to her nurse:

Beautiful tyrant! Fiend angelical!
Dove-feathered raven, wolvish-ravening lamb!
Despised substance of divinest show,
Just opposite to what thou justly seem’st.
A damned saint, an honorable villain!
O nature, what hadst thou to do in hell
When thou didst bower the spirit of a fiend
In moral paradise of such sweet flesh?
At this moment Juliet sees Romeo as nothing more than a deceitful fiend whose beautiful body disguises an evil heart. In this way, we see how the feud has worked its way in the bosom of both families, spreading mistrust and hate. Juliet will come to her senses, especially when she fully realizes that Romeo has been banished, but her hatred at this moment is heartfelt and genuine.
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The juxtaposition of love and hate runs throughout the play, ultimately becoming the source of the conflict that kills Romeo and Juliet.

The prologue establishes the hatred that has existed between the Capulets and the Montagues for many years:

From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife. (Prologue, 5–8)

Here, we learn that two lovers, Romeo and Juliet, will end up committing suicide because of their parents' hatred. Unfortunately, this drastic action is needed to bring and end to their years of "strife."

Before the party where Romeo meets Juliet, he encounters a scene where the Capulet and Montague servants have recently been fighting. Seeing this bloodshed, he laments about the nature of hate:

O me! What fray was here?
Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all.
Here's much to do with hate, but more with love.
Why then, O brawling love, O loving hate... (I.i.178–181)

Romeo uses oxymorons here (such as "loving hate") to demonstrate the powerful forces of both emotions. After all, some people love to hate—they invest just as much mental and emotional energy into nurturing those feelings as others invest into acts of love. Romeo is reflecting on the passions involved in both love and hatred.

In the end, the prince points out to the surviving families that their hatred has brought them unbelievable sorrow:

Where be these enemies?—Capulet, Montague,
See, what a scourge is laid upon your hate,
That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love. (V.iii.301–303)

Because of their ongoing hatred, a "scourge," or punishment, has been inflicted upon both families. "Heaven," or God, has decided to end their ongoing feud by bringing both families to their knees through the death of their children. They now find themselves equal, albeit in the most painful of circumstances. The "joys" of their lives are gone, exposing the truth: they could have avoided such a fate if they had not been consumed by hatred.

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Threading throughout the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is the conflict between Love and Hate. Expressive of this is Romeo's early monologue in Act I, Scene 1 in which he speaks in oxymorons that prove to come true:

Here's much to do with hate, but more with love.
Why then, O brawling love! O loving hate!
O any thing, of nothing first create!
O heavy lightness! serious vanity!
Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms!
Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health!
Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is!
This love feel I, that feel no love in this. (1.1.173-180)

Then, in Scene 5 of this first act, Juliet underscores the integral connection of the two passions, love and hate as, when she learns Romeo's name, she exclaims,

My only love, sprung from my only hate!
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
Prodigious birth of love it is to me
That I must love a loathed enemy (1.5.147-150)

In Act III, the juxtapostion of love and hate is again present in the confrontation of Tybalt with Romeo, who protests that his hatred for Tybalt has now turned to love:

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 knowest me not. (3.1.51-54)

Of course, this love soon returns to hatred after Mercutio is slain.  And, likewise, in Act III, Scene 2, Juliet is tormented with the conflict of the two passions as her love for her new husband finds hatred for his act of killing her beloved cousin Tybalt.  Her monologue ironically echoes the contradictions of feeling expressed by Romeo in Act I:

O serpent heart, hid with a flow'ring face!
Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave?
Beautiful tyrant! fiend angelical!
Dove-feather'd raven! wolvish-ravening lamb!
Despised substance of divinest show!
Just opposite to what thou justly seem'st—
A damned saint, an honourable villain!
O nature, what hadst thou to do in hell
When thou didst bower the spirit of a fiend
In mortal paradise of such sweet flesh? (3.2.76-85)

Indeed, the theme of Love/Hate recurs in act after act of Romeo and Juliet, tragically finding its violent end in death.

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