The Play Romeo and Juliet’ Is a Play of Contrasts in It Is as Much About Hatred as It Is About Love. Discuss

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Romeo and Juliet is a play about contrasts as much as it is love and hate. It’s a tragic play which love and hate are embodied in many different ways. The Montagues and Capulets hate each other after a long feud long forgotten, but Romeo and Juliet meet each other and fall in love instantly “star crossed lovers” showing that hate can be born in love, an oxymoron.

The prologue establishes the themes of love and hate from the beginning and links the two. The sonnet at the start of the play gives us an insight into the play the love and hate of the family is from long ago that they have an ancient grudge and everyone is becoming involved in this feud without consent. “Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean” suggests that people who
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Romeo also seems to only be in love with her beauty he does not know her very well “Show me a mistress that is passing fair” Romeo is only looking at the surface not inside. However this differs from Romeo and Juliet’s love. As soon as Romeo see’s Juliet he is immediately amazed and so enthusiastic about their love, “O, she doth teach the torches to burn Bright!” Suggesting she teaches light how to be light the audience can also hear that Romeo is completely besotted with Juliet. This use of language also shows that Romeo thinks the world of Juliet and would give anything to be with her. “So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows” this is showing the purity of their love, and how Juliet’s light is shining through the darkness of everyone else how Romeo perceives the world, it’s also another of many contrasts in this play, light and dark, love and hate. When Romeo and Juliet are talking they use religious imagery, “This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this:” This is talking about how holy and beautiful her hands are, like worshipping god; the effect on the audience is that Romeo is comparing Juliet to a god, and since God is perfect Juliet must be perfect. Juliet then goes on to say “Then have my lips the sin that they took” She is referring to sinning which she is not meant to by Gods word. (Also referring to religion)

In this tragic play we see that Romeo and Juliet’s love is threatened from the very beginning and overshadowed by the two families’ hatred of
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