William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

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The world is driven by two opposing forces: desire and disdain. These emotions, although counteractive, often serve as causations, creating either a hateful love or, more dominantly, a loving hate. Whether it be a passion for a physical entity or a longing for an intangible construct, love can instill a most despising hate that, when severe, can lead to violence or even death. The idea that hate is formed from love is developed in Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy. The story details the feud between the ancient enemy households of the Capulets and Montagues and the product of their hate: the downfall of two eponymous star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Through the characters’ apparent love for their kin, Shakespeare illustrates how familial affection ignites an inexplicable hate based on trivial differences and selfish desires, for which the innocent are sacrificed. First, as a result of both families’ love and respect among their households, the Capulets and Montagues despise one another, forbidding Romeo and Juliet’s interaction and love. At the very beginning of the play, two servingmen of the Capulet house, Sampson and Gregory, describe their hate for all Montagues and their wish to fight them with avidity. Despite being the members of the house with the lowest social standing, they still maintain the belief that the “quarrel is between [their] masters and [them] / their men,” which instills a loyalty to their household that would move them
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