The Emotions and Emotional Voices Portrayed in Romeo and Juliet

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The emotions portrayed in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet play an important part in the composition of the play. The two crucial emotions that are introduced in Act One and used throughout the play are the antonyms of love and hate. Contrast between these emotions are used in the first act, which supplies us with a more realistic situation. The complicated and conflicting relationships between the characters in the play are explored and portrayed by these emotions. In Act One Scene One, the strong emotion of hatred emerges. Shakespeare introduces the emotion of hatred before love because it lays a foundation and also established the feud between the two houses, so we can understand how hard Romeo’s love for Juliet is later on in the play.…show more content…
The irrational hatred and cynical comments towards each other causes a fight to erupt. The severity of the hatred that has engulfed the whole city is evident when the citizens of Verona encourage the fight and when the two heads of the households enter the scene and are raring to fight each other. Hate is also displayed by Tybalt, who is the main adversary. He repeatedly tries to provoke the Montagues and encourage dispute and brawling. Tybalt declares how much he hates the Montagues, ‘drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee.’ He is blindly hating the Montagues and compares his hate to that of hell, which is very deep hatred as the people in this era were strong Catholics. This statement is also a tricolon, which intensifies his phrase. He also hates the word peace which shows that he is consumed by hatred towards the Montagues and he is always trying to encourage a fight. Anger is another emotion portrayed in Act One. It is an important emotion that causes various characters actions to have a bigger consequences. The first occurrence is in Act One Scene One, when Sampson bites his thumb at Abraham and Balthazar. This was a very rude gesture in Shakespearean times. Abraham gets angry but tries to mask it, the argument the leads to a brawl as Abraham subtly uses this as a reason to encourage a brawl. Benvolio also expresses anger when they are brawling in the same scene. Benvolio says,
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