Shakespeares Themes Of Love & Hate

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Rebeka Pacheco
Professor Owens
English 1102 ~ Term 3/09
February 19, 2009

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Shakespeares Themes Of Love & Hate

  1. 1. ~~~~IN ROMEO & JULIET~~~~ Rebeka Pacheco Professor Owens English 1102 ~ T3/09 February 19, 2009
  2. 2. William Shakespeare’s Comedies: •The Comedy of Errors •The Taming of the Shrew •The Two Gentlemen of Verona •Love’s Labor’s Lost •A Midsummer Night’s Dream •The Merchant of Venice •The Merry wives of Windsor •Much Ado about Nothing •As You Like It •Twelfth Night, or What You Will •The History of Troilus & Cressida •All’s Well That Ends Well •Measure for Measure
  3. 3. William Shakespeare’s Histories: The 1st Part of Henry the Sixth The 2nd Part of Henry the Sixth The 3rd Part of Henry the Sixth The Tragedy of Richard the 3rd The Life & Death of King John The 1st Part of Henry the Fourth The 2nd Part of Henry the Fourth The Life of Henry the Fifth The Famous History of the Life of Henry the Eighth
  4. 4. William Shakespeare’s Romances: Pericles, Prince of Tyre Cymbeline The Winter’s Tale The Tempest The Two Noble Kinsmen
  5. 5. William Shakespeare’s Poems: Venus & Adonis The Rape of Lucrece Sonnets The Passionate Pilgrim The Phoenix & Turtle
  6. 6. William Shakespeare’s Tragedies: The Tragedy of Titus Andronicus The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet The Tragedy of Julius Caesar The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice The Tragedy of King Lear The Tragedy of Macbeth The Tragedy of Antony & Cleopatra The Tragedy of Coriolanus The Life of Timon of Athens
  7. 7. William Shakespeare: o A world renowned playwright, poet, and actor in London. oBorn in Stratford-upon-Avon. oBaptized on April 26, 1564. oProduced the majority of his works between 1590 & 1613. oDied on April 23, 1616.
  8. 8. In Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” the emotions of love and hate are ever present, and cannot be encased by definitions or restrained by literary meanings. During the play, these powerful emotions transpire without warning. The simple emotions presented during the play consist of passion, indifference, spiritual & physical closeness, anger, pride, sadness, courage, and happiness; however, when these emotions cross one another; they either blossom into love or erupt into hatred.
  9. 9. Ultimately, the “star crossed” lovers are destined to fail; their love for one another leads to the untimely death (by suicide) of both. It was in death that they could finally find the peace they needed to be together. In sacrificing their lives for love’s sake, Romeo and Juliet prove that love has the capacity to conquer both hatred and death. It establishes a certainty that love cannot be limited by boundaries (especially hatred).The play is a classic example of the thin line that adjoins love to hate. Nevertheless, the play’s main theme is focused upon how love has the ability to trample hatred; triumphing over it.
  10. 10. “Yea, noise? Then I’ll be brief. O happy dagger, This is thy sheath; there rust, and let me die” (5.3. 169-170)

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