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Romeo and Juliet is a story of two warring families who despise each other. The Montague is the house of Romeo’s. The house of Juliet’s family is the Capulets the play rotates between passionate love scenes to ghastly bloody fight scenes. In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, it is Tybalt’s hatred of Romeo that is the cause of all the deaths. Also in the play, there are different types of love such as unrequited love, love at first sight, parental love, friendship love, and love of family honor and name.
In act 1 scene, one Romeo is in love with Rosaline but she does not show love back to him, this is unrequited love. For example “in that hit you miss: she’ll not be hit with cupids’ arrow”. This illustrates the idea that he has expressed his love but has been rejected as though “cupid’s arrow” just deflected of her. He uses oxymorons, which means using impossible opposites such as love, and hate, which is used throughout the play.
An example of an oxymoron is “Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love”. This is a good example of an oxymoron because it illustrates what an oxymoron is and how it can be used. Moreover, Romeo sounds as though he is in love with the sensation of being in love, not actually being in love. For example, “Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love. Why then o brawling love, o loving hate”.
This suggests that he is not in love because he is not saying anything about Rosaline. Romeo is just confused because this is the first time he has been in love and does not know how to control his overwhelming emotions.
This illustrates the idea that Romeo does not want to fight because he secretly knows that they are family now. However, Tybalt is so hooked on the hate he has for Romeo he just wants to fight. For example, “boy, this shall not excuse the injuries That thou hast done me, therefore turn and draw”. Here is insulting Romeo by calling him a boy even though he is an adult. He is hoping by insulting him he will be able to get him to fight. Tybalt then hurts Mercutio. This could be the warning that Tybalt was giving at the party, that he will turn something sweet into something bitter. While Mercutio is hurt he uses gross imagery which is the quote “A plague a’ both houses! This is gross imagery because a plague is disgusting so he is saying his wound is disgusting. It could also mean the continence of distraught and despair which has happened through and something that may continue. This makes the audience feel the tension and lures them into the play even deeper. When Mercutio dies, Romeo is filled with rage towards Tybalt and sets off after him to kill him, which he does.
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