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The Way Shakespeare Contrasts Love And Hate In Act 1 Scene 5 Of Romeo And Juliet

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The Way Shakespeare Contrasts Love and Hate in Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet

In the 16th Century, William Shakespeare wrote a play that captures
the imagination and emotions of people all around the world. The
play's title is the famous, Romeo and Juliet. Arthur Brooke originally
wrote another similar poem. It was a narrative poem published in 1562,
called ' The Tragicall History of Romeus and Juliet.' William
Shakespeare took the poem and changed it to his own version. William
Shakespeare's version is showing the validity of true love whereas
Arthur Brooke's version was a moral story showing the dangers of
physical attraction. So there's quite a ...view middle of the document...

Shakespeare took ideas from Arthur Brooke's poem, which is young love,
and puts love in a popular lovers situation. He shows at the beginning
that love will not work between the two.

"A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life"

(Prologue)

This quote means that two lovers that, have an ill-fated love life,
will eventually die because of their troubled lives with their
conflicting families.
Shakespeare sets the first scene with Romeo being madly in love with
Rosaline and then as the play goes on, contrasts it with the love for
Juliet.

Parent's influences played a huge part in the tragedy of Romeo and
Juliet. To start with, there's a feud between the two families. From
the beginning of the play, it is learned that Lord Capulet held the
decisive judgement of what Juliet's future would have in store. It
proves this when he says,

"Let two more summers wither in their pride,
Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride."
(Act 1, scene 2, Lines 10-11)

This quote means that Lord Capulet is intending to choose Juliet's
husband, but he still thinks that Juliet is still too young to get
married so he wants to wait for two years before he thinks of it.
Romeo and Juliet kept their relationship secret from the start, in
fear that their conflicting families would reject their love affair.
That is what led the death to both of the lovers. If they had a more
open relationship, eventually, both families would have accepted it.
But Shakespeare was clever in this because if he didn't write the play
in this storyline, there wouldn't have been a story in the first
place! Romeo and Juliet felt that their parents would not have been
able to understand the love between the two of them. Today, parents
don't control their children's love lives and the young youth are
independent. Romeo was too involved in his love for Juliet that he
didn't devote himself to anything apart the love that they had for
each other. Everything happened so quickly for the two. Romeo didn't
think properly about his actions and what circumstances may arise.

In the beginning of Act 1, scene 5, they servants are getting ready
for the masked ball and it's a happy, joyful and comical scene, which
is a relief for the audience because the end of the last scene was
full of tension. The servingmen speak in prose, which is a low class
way of speaking.

"You are looked for and called for, asked for and sought for, in the
great chamber."
(Act 1, Sc. 5, lines 11-12)

As you can see, it's not written like a poem like all the other
characters in the play. To us, it's normal to speak and write like
that, but in the Elizabethan times, it was stated as 'low class.' The
word 'you' is written and this is the formal way of speaking whereas,
'thee' and 'thou' are informal and you can also say them when speaking
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