The Tension Between Love and Hate in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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Shakespeare has created a quintessential tragedy in which deepens the audience’s understanding of the universal themes of love, hate, conflict and death. The recurring focus on the tension between love and hate makes us reflect on how these themes govern upon human behavior. In the play Romeo and Juliet, the main characters for which Romeo and Juliet the denial of love and dominance of hate creates extreme loss, in this case, death. In progress, audiences have recognized that the death of two young people is entirely imprudent, creating a need for acceptance. Shakespeare relinquishes us a valuable insight into the power of hatred and reinforcing it with dramatic and literary techniques such as foreshadowing, embittering tone and …show more content…

Shakespeare achieves the effect of passionate love between two major characters. Romeo’s quote “’O speak again, bright angel, for art thou as glorious to this night, being o’er in my head.” The use of metaphor presented that Juliet was an angel, which illuminates to the reader of the power of love. “So shows a dove trooping with crows.” The use of comparison of Juliet with a dove reinforces the nature of beauty. In a phrase of Juliet’s soliloquy of love “ Bounty as boundless as the sea, my love as deep, the more I give thee, the more I have, for both are infinite”. The use of simile comparing her love with the sea elucidates that she has a lot of passion to offer Romeo. This creates the love between Romeo and Juliet as passionate as they are both extremely attracted to each other. The universal theme of love connects with the audience and makes them ponder about the importance of embracing love over hate. Shakespeare having introduced us to two conflicting themes institutes us to the conflict of the play with the utilization of dramatic and language techniques such as dramatic irony, repetition, suspense and tone. The repetition of the word “plague” was used during Mercutio’s untimely death. The repetition of the word “plague” is repeated to

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