Hate and Love in Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo states in Act 1, "Here is much to do with hate, but more with." By analyzing the many forms love takes in the play, explore whether Romeo was right in his contention.

Romeo and Juliet, the tragic play by William Shakespeare, centers around the love story between Romeo, the young heir of the Montagues, and Juliet, the daughter of the house of Capulet. Because of an on-going feud between the two families, Romeo and Juliet are forced to keep their love a secret, marry in secret and, due to ill-fated consequences; they die together in the tomb of the Capulets.

Romeo and Juliet has to be one of the most famous love stories ever written, however to every good thing there is in life, there is a bad, an opposite or an inverse. In our
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Friar Lawrence's place in the play is in between these two opposites, as is the nurses. In Act 2, scene 5 after returning from her first mission to Romeo, Juliet's Nurse tells her impatient mistress, "I am the drudge, and toil in your delight". At this point, we are inclined to take the Nurse at her word. When we first encounter her in Act I, scene 3, the Nurse of Romeo and Juliet appears to be a comic character given to bawdy humor and innuendo, but this coarse character is softened by her fondness for Juliet. In Friar Lawrence's case I think when he agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet It is a desperate attempt to fuse together two opposites to end the skirmish between the two families. County Paris is juxtaposed with Romeo throughout the play, and by doing so; Shakespeare highlights the extraordinary nature of Romeo's love for Juliet. Paris is completely ignorant of the romance between Romeo and Juliet, and so while his own suit for Juliet threatens the lovers' plans, he is not a "blocking" character. Moreover, in the tomb scene, Paris acquits himself well, displaying a depth of affection for Juliet and earning Romeo's praise. Juliet on the other and has absolutely no interest in Paris, this is another illustration of unrequited love. Taking this into consideration I believe that Paris does not only love Juliet out of lust because in the tomb scene Paris puts his own life on the line to save the one he claims to love. Alas his
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