Hatred In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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As Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Signifying that the one way to conquer hatred is with more and more love. In William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet , this theme is presented, in which two young teenagers fall in forbidden love and decide that their lives have no worth without each other. With the rivalry between the two houses, the Capulets, and the Montagues, the two lovers transform their hatred and the family's hatred for each other into love. Through producing love from hate between the Capulets and Montagues and creating love between Romeo and Juliet and Romeo and Rosaline, Shakespeare suggests love is the more powerful emotion and that love is worth dying for. With love…show more content…
This “artificial night” is Romeo’s way of coping with his loss of not being loved back by Rosaline. Although Romeo’s emotions affect his vision of life they also affect his meaning of life. Romeo finds Juliet dead in the Capulet tomb, but not possessing the knowledge that she is not actually dead. He says, “Here's to my love! Drinking. O true apothecary, Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss, I die.” (5.3.88-120) Romeo has just committed suicide because of the love he has for Juliet . The “drugs” that he is talking about have two meanings, one of which is that the drugs represent his deathly emotions of love, on the other hand, he has just drunk a poison because of the thought of not being with Juliet . When saying “with a kiss I die.” Shakespeare uses the kiss to represent that this is what is killing him, so in other words, Romeo’s love for Juliet is worth dying for. Similarly, Juliet feels the same need in which she also does not want to live without Romeo. Juliet finds Romeo laying beside her in the Capulet tomb dead, deciding “I’ll be brief. O, happy dagger, This is thy sheath. There rust, and let me die. [She takes Romeo’s dagger, stabs herself, and dies]” (5.3.174-175) when Juliet says…show more content…
As we followed the journey of Romeo and Juliet, we learn that Love can cause people to do drastic things. From the beginning, love forces them to be drastic, for example in deciding to build a relationship even with all the factors pointing towards no. In the end, we must not give in to hate but rather give in to love. The love Romeo and Juliet had is what made their life worth living. Therefore, we must open our hearts even to our enemies to make sure our lives are worth
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