tExplore how Love and Hate are used in Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is debatably the world’s most play. It is the love story between two people who are supposed to hate each other, already the title has been linked to the theme, but this is not all that can link the story to a Love and Hate theme and so we delve deeper… The first implication of Love and hate is in the prologue however in Line 166 of Act 1, scene 1 Romeo says “Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love”. He is talking about loving hate and is referring to his love of Juliet but his hate towards Capulets. Another interesting point about love and hate is that the two themes come in pairs and when love is mentioned so his hate (and vice versa). A good example of this is when Romeo is alone with Juliet in the orchard and they talk of their passionate and soppy love for one another, Romeo throughout this scene is reminded of how much danger he is and how he could be killed if he was caught.
Othello says to her “It gives me wonder great as my content to see you here before me. O my soul’s joy!” (2.1.199-200). These beautiful and loving words are soon changed to hostility and rage with the thought of Desdemona’s betrayal. Both Desdemona and Hero are accused of being unfaithful through presented “ocular proof”, they are both disgraced by the leading male role, and they are young and inexperienced in the ways of love and both women are extremely forgiving after they have been mistreated by their suitors. Much Ado about Nothing was written by William Shakespeare as a comedy, but it could have very well been turned into a tragedy comparable to Othello.
But when Shakespeare wrote about love, it was about many different kinds of love, and there usually are no ‘happily ever after’ endings. “As an abstract concept, love is typically taken to represent a range of human emotions, from simple feelings of pleasure to overwhelming and ineffable attraction towards another person” (Ahmetoglu, Swami, and Chamorro-Premuzic). The main theme of the play is love and this statement is a good example of the different types of love in Othello. While the love between Othello and Desdemona takes center stage, there is many different love relationships in the play as well. In the play you can see familial, friendly, unrequited, true, and sexual love.
By setting this foundation, Shakespeare goes on to argue the value of genres that show imagination and irrationality and their ability to tell more truth than reality and rationality. Using the night, Shakespeare proves that in the worlds of dreams, there is more light, more truth, than day. By presenting a false and wavering love Shakespeare illuminates to the audience just to what extent the larger questions, truths, and ideas can be answered within the world of imagination in contrast to the world of reality. Shakespeare opens the play opens with a problem of love inequality. We see the lovers Lysander, Hermia, and Demetrius, who have a love triangle problem such that the two males are in love with the same woman.
Introduction Both Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing are both love stories, however Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy and Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy. Many relationships are brought to light during both plays and the audience discover all these relationships are different and their love for each other is portrayed in different ways. In Much Ado About Nothing Claudio and Hero fall in love, break apart, and then fall in love again, while at the same time, Beatrice and Benedick are being tricked into loving each other. This is very different from Romeo and Juliet as Romeo and Juliet are in a constant struggle for their love. Shakespeare’s plays Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing both contain the elements of; love at first sight, manipulation of love and a detailed love story.
Desdemona is Othello’s wife who he is madly in love with and Iago preys upon Othello’s jealous personality and trusting nature to convince Othello of his wife’s infidelity resulting in the ultimate downfall of Othello – death. Othello’s downfall is caused by his own weakness due to his trusting nature and willingness to believe anything he is told. Early in the play, it becomes evident that Othello is blind to Iago’s evil when Iago says “I am not what I am” (I.i,65). This statement foreshadows Othello’s downfall as it is his trust in Iago, which causes it. Othello believes Iago’s lies and always listens to his advice throughout the play.
Did Othello “love too well and not too wisely”? In William Shakespeare’s Othello, love was an important theme in the play. Othello’s character was one whom loved his wife and his best friend. Othello seemed to be madly in love with Desdemona, however his love for Iago seemed to be even greater and more “mad”. As Othello’s love for Iago grew stronger, his love for Desdemona began to fade.
In effect this makes a true friend, however some believe it was the Fool's constant remarks that drove Lear to madness. Some critics argue that The Fool actually is Cordelia or a representative of her. Others consider him to be an aspect of Lear's alter ego. Technically Shakespeare seems to use the Fool as a vehicle for pity or as a dramatic chorus. The Fools songs, riddles and jokes are a source of comic relief, used to break up the intensity of scenes.
The exceptional range of The Bard’s works makes it difficult to define them and even a closer look at most of his plays will not expose things in black and white. Nevertheless, one of Shakespeare’s most admirable tragedies is fairly clear, but still, there is an ambivalent aspect to it, carried out by its main characters: a tragic hero and a villain in the same person; an apparently cruel woman that finishes being consumed by her own guilt. Their actions are truthfully appalling, but the audience may not help to feel compassionate by the afflicted state of their souls. All set in an atmosphere of darkness and darkness is probably the best word to talk about Macbeth, the last and perhaps the most obscure of the four “great tragedies” (KERMODE, 1997, p. 1355). But in order to understand the elements that make Macbeth, it is important to analyse the concepts of tragedy.
Othello and Desdemona In the play, The Tragedy of Othello, Shakespeare really tests our conception as to what love is, and where it can or can't exist. Judging from the relationship between Desdemona and Othello, the play seems to say that marriage based on an innocent romantic love or profane love is bound to fail. Shakespeare is pessimistic about the existence and survival of a true type of love. There is a common thread of betrayal and deceit among his female characters, especially. Othello and Desdemona, as portrayed in the play, are the two greatest innocents there ever were.