William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

2016 Words Mar 12th, 2015 9 Pages
Sinead MacGabann
February 27, 2015
Period 5
Love or Hate? Romeo and Juliet is known to be one of the greatest love stories ever written. One of the main themes Shakespeare develops throughout the story is that love overpowers hatred. Shakespeare uses many types of love to develop this theme. The theme is expressed throughout the play, through the Montagues and Capulets love for their families driving the feud, the romantic love between Romeo and Juliet, and ultimately love for family, community and each other finally ending the feud. In the very beginning of the play, we can see how Shakespeare illustrates the connection between love and hate by love driving the conflict between the Capulets and the Montagues. When the audience first reads Romeo and Juliet, they are introduced to the Prologue, that says, “From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, / Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean,” (Prologue. Lines 3-4). In these couple of lines, the fact that the feud has been growing stronger throughout time is revealed. When Shakespeare says, “ ancient grudge to break new mutiny,” he is telling us that there has been a long-lasting hate between the Capulets and Montagues. In the line “civil blood makes civil hands unclean,” Shakespeare is referring to the civilians in the community and their treatment toward one another. They got their hands dirty by being violent toward each other. The reason for the rivalry between the citizens of Verona is ambiguous, yet the feud…
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