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The Theme of Love and Hate Essay

William Shakespeare is a famous author of many popular plays. Shakespeare plays are still famous today, and studied in schools and drama clubs everywhere. The most famous play written by William Shakespeare is Romeo and Juliet.

In Romeo and Juliet, there are such extreme opposite opinions about love and hate. In scene 1, act 1, Romeo says “Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes; Being vex’d a sea nourish’d with lovers’ tears: What is it else? A madness most discreet, a choking gall and a preserving sweet. Farewell, my coz.” In this particular line Romeo is telling his cousin Benvolio how in love he is, and how good it can feel. By Shakespeare including this in the play, he is suggesting that being in love, and feeling the peace is a good thing, and that the play is filled with love. However this is not the case, in scene 1, act 1, Tybalt says “What! Drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montagues and thee.

Have thee coward.” He is saying that he wants to fight, and he hates all of the Montagues, and he doesn’t care who gets hurt. This gives us a message that the play is filled with hatred. I think Shakespeare includes such different messages of love and hate because it portrays that there was both love and hate in that time, just like in today’s society. It is never all-good things, or never all-bad things.

Romeo and Juliet are madly in love with each other. But because Romeo is a Montague, and Juliet is a Capulet, they have to hide their love for each other since the feud between the two parties is so extreme. The main problem that Romeo and Juliet face because of this, is that Juliet’s parents plan for her to marry someone of their choice, when really Romeo and Juliet want to get married, but they can’t express their love.

I agree most with Prince’s viewpoint of hate. In scene 1, act 1 he says “Three civil brawls, bred of an airy word, By thee, old Capulet, and Montague, Have thrice disturb’d the quiet of our streets, And made Verona’s ancient citizens Cast by their grave beseeming ornaments, To wield old partisans, in hands as old,Canker’d with peace, to part your canker’d hate: If ever you disturb our streets again, Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace” Prince is saying that the violence between the two families has gone on for too long. I agree with him, that the hate needs to stop. I disagree most with Sampson’s viewpoint of hate. He says, “A dog of the house of Montague moves me.” He says this as a derogatory comment about the Montagues. I do not agree with making hatred comments about someone else.

Jesus taught the important lesson of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. Another important message is found in a passage from Corinthians. It states “Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy; it does not boast; it is not proud. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking; it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres…Love never fails.” Based on those messages, I would give Romeo the advice to stay calm and patient, and to not lose his cool. Romeo needs to relax and be patient, hope for the best and everything will work out.

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