Examples Of Love And Rivalry In Romeo And Juliet

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Star-crossed rivals Humans are born with the ability to love and hate, whether that is the instinctive action to love your family or the hatred triggered by an offensive action. Love and hatred are dominant themes of The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, and they share a strong bond. Two individuals are brought together by their ardent love; yet, separated due to their families conflicted past. The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet was written in the 1590s by the influential writer William Shakespeare, and to this day the play still remains one of the most eminent and powerful tragedies ever written. The hatred and rivalry created between the two households is ultimately the driving force of the play. this essay will analyse instances where the feud was…show more content…
In the Prologue the rivalry between the two households is introduced, as William Shakespeare goes on to explain, “From ancient grudge break to new mutiny…And the continuance of they parent’s rage, Which, but their children’s end, naught could remove” (Shakespeare 1). The prologue does not only captivate the audiences’ attention but also introduces the feud, as it mentions how the feud affects the plot and is inevitably the cause of the foreshadowed deaths of the Romeo and Juliet. Moreover in the Prologue a great deal about the feud is revealed, such as it was the continuance of the parent’s rage. If you look closely the prologue ends with a typical characterisation of a sonnet; rhyming couplet of 'attend' and 'mend'. This suggests that the two words have a connection, and if you remain attentive through the play, as the events unravel the play will slowly mend the conflict of the two households. The end of the play is marked with the end of the long-lasting feud. “O brother Montague, give me thy hand” (Shakespeare 46). This quote marks the jointure between the two feuding families. The unfortunate deaths of Romeo and Juliet consequently end the feud. The feud starting and ending the play is of great significance as it adds a sense of continuance and implies that the feud is the main driving force of the
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