In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, what does Romeo mean by "here's much to do with hate, but more with love" ?

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cldbentley | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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Romeo means that the events that unfold are greatly influenced by the hatred that the Montague and Capulet families have for one another, but are truly based more on the love that he and Juliet have.  The effects of the two famlies' feud have affected everything that happens in the play, but the love of Romeo and Juliet can be held responsible for setting in motion (or at least encouraging) a chain of events that eventually lead to the reconciliation of the Capulet and Montague families.  Everything that Romeo does is based on his love for Juliet, even though in doing so, he is forced to contend mindsets and actions that already existed; his actions are focused on love, but are undeniably affected by hatred.

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The line in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare:

Here's much to do with hate, but more with love.

essentially describes the central theme of the play. In one sense, the play is about hatred between the Montague and Capulet families, a feud that has been passed down across generations. And yet, even more profoundly, the play is more about love, both the love between Romeo and Juliet and the way that love eventually triumphs over hate with the lovers' deaths finally ending the feud. The love of the Nurse for Juliet, the spiritual love of Friar Laurence for his flocks, the love of Romeo and his friends, are all major themes in the play. Thus the specific incident at the beginning of the play, serves as a microcosm of the play as a whole.


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