Love: act 1
Romeo and Juliet is a play about two young lovers, whose love was destined for destruction from the beginning because of the hatred between the two families, Montagues and Capulets. Therefore, the themes of love and hate are very important in the play as the plot is driven by these two themes. Shakespeare brings out the love between the two rivals through Romeo and Juliet and her relationship with the nurse
I want to illustrate that love and hate are closely bound together. The first example is the prologue. It is a short summary of what the play is about. The chorus is in the form of a sonnet and sonnets were often associated with love in the time of Shakespeare. However, the some of the words seem to emphasize the idea of hate although there are some words about love. “From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.” These two lines are about the feud between the families. It shows that it is a feud, which has been brewing for many years. By repeating the words civil, Shakespeare is stressing the fact that they are all civilians but the pride within each family has led them to violence and evil.
The play then goes straight from the prologue into a feud in the first scene between both houses. It begins with servants from the two houses but later Tybalt, the son of the Capulets, and Benvolio arrive. Tybalt, during the feud, says to Benvolio about the idea of peace, “As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee.” These are powerful words as Tybalt is ranking Benvolio and all the Montagues at the same level as hell and is expressing extreme hatred. However, by the ending of this opening scene,the audience is introduced to Romeo, who almost represents the theme of love in the play. At this moment, Romeo is too busy pining over his love for Rosaline to notice the feud and says, “Alas, that love, whose view is muffled still, Should, without eyes, see pathways to his will.” Here, Romeo is thinking of love as Cupid,...