Romeo and Juliet Short Analysis

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William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ tells the story of two star-crossed lovers. It is through the characters of this famous play that Shakespeare teaches not only his society but generations after, about love and the ultimate sacrifice. Shakespeare demonstrates various types of love, including family love, obsession and the differentiation between artificial love and true love. The concept of family love is thoroughly explored throughout the play. Both the Capulets and Montagues love their family and also revere the family name, feeling great pride and honour towards the family tradition. Tybalt, a bravado and one of the Capulets, loves his family and hates the Montagues so much that he is willing to stop at nothing to get his way. Tybalt states, “What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues and thee.” Shakespeare uses exaggeration and a paradox, as peace and hate are not in any way associated. This quotation shows how blinded by hate Tybalt is, and yet at the same time it is love which blinds him and causes him to do impulsive acts, such as killing Mercutio. It is both families’ love of honour which perpetuates the violence between the two households. Shakespeare teaches society through the key theme of family love, to not let your love for your family consume you so much that is causes deep hatred and in this case, death. Tybalt could be considered obsessed with his hatred towards the Montagues and obsession is another key theme which Shakespeare explores to teach readers about love. In Romeo and Juliet, an excess of passion is frowned upon. Romeo had obsessed over other women before, including Rosaline, however for Juliet this was her first love. However, she did not hold back whatsoever, rather she broke the conventions of courtly love, as the women were supposed to play hard to get. A quotation which exemplifies their
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