“My only love sprung from my only hate” - how is love and hate presented in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet?
A boy called Romeo and a girl called Juliet fall in love. They both come from very wealthy families who hate each other, the two lovers both know they are taking an incredible risk to get married to each other and know the consequences involved. However before their wedding night Romeo kills Juliet’s cousin in a dual and in the morning he is forced to leave his only love. If Romeo ever returns to Verona he will be put to death.
In an Elizabethan audience it was common for marriages to be arranged therefore, it could be suggested that Romeo and Juliet’s story would be considered as very intriguing as they fell in love and married each other without their family’s approval, this would result in a good drama for the audience. Another aspect of the Elizabethan time period is that family feuds were very common even over trivial situations, similarly the hate that the Montague’s and the Capulet’s have for each other is so powerful that they actually killed people over their family honour.
Section 1:
The opening speech by the prologue serves as an introduction to Romeo and Juliet and appears at the very start of the play. The prologue provides the audience with information about where the play takes place, and given some background information about its principle characters.
The obvious function of the prologue as to why Shakespeare included it within the play was an introduction to the City of Verona. The prologue not only sets the scene of the play but it tells the audience exactly what is going to happen to Romeo and Juliet.
For example the prologue refers to an ill – fated couple with its use of the word “star-crossed,” which means, literally, against the stars. Stars were thought to control people’s destinies and quite clearly this tells the audience that there will be no happy ending. But the prologue itself creates this sense of fate by...