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January 24, 2017 General Studies

Some people in life always stick to the book.

Then you have the ones that go against all odds.

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They follow their hearts wherever it may lead them. .

Never looking back or asking what if .

In the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, the interaction of love and hate is definitely one of the most predominant themes. Not only is the love vs. hate theme obviously shown between Juliet and her father, but also between Romeo and Tybalt as well as Romeo and Juliet.

Juliet and her father exhibit the ongoing struggle between love and hate. At the beginning of the tragedy Capulet expresses how much Juliet means to him and how much he loves her. Also, he conveys that he only wants what will make her happiest. Capulet says, “And too soon marred are those so early made. Earth hath swallowed all my hopes but she; she is the hopeful lady of my earth. But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart; My will to her consent is but a part- (778). Capulet is saying that Juliet is incredibly important to him and that she must want to marry Paris herself even though Capulet has agreed to it. Also, Capulet is telling Paris that he must win Juliet’s heart– not be given it. However, Capulet is quickly overtaken with hate because his daughter, Juliet, is not obliging him. His love that was once so abundant has turned to severe hate; he even goes as far as to threaten Juliet’s existence. Capulet says.

Hang thee, young baggage! Disobedient wretch! I tell thee what- get thee to church a Thursday or never after look me in the face. Speak not, reply not, do not answer me! My fingers itch. Wife, we scarce thought us blest but now I see this one is one to much, and that we have a curse in having her. Out on her, hilding! (839).

Capulet is very upset that Juliet does not want to marry Paris and is so mad that he threatens that either she marries Paris or she is nothing to him. .

Another example of the interaction of love and hate is between Romeo and Tybalt.


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