Shakespeare has created a quintessential tragedy in which deepens the audience’s understanding of the universal themes of love, hate, conflict and death. The recurring focus on the tension between love and hate makes us reflect on how these themes govern upon human behavior. In the play Romeo and Juliet, the main characters for which Romeo and Juliet the denial of love and dominance of hate creates extreme loss, in this case, death. In progress, audiences have recognized that the death of two young people is entirely imprudent, creating a need for acceptance. Shakespeare relinquishes us a valuable insight into the power of hatred and reinforcing it with dramatic and literary techniques such as foreshadowing, embittering tone and comparison to elucidate that hate is contagious and destructive.
At this point, the sense of tragedy becomes illuminated in the audiences’ mind. Shakespeare achieves this effect through his playful and comedic characterisation of Mercutio. In death, his comic characterisation is juxtaposed with sadness, shifting the play from comedy to tragedy. The evocative image “a plague o’ both your houses” ominously implies to the audience, that this is only the “beginning” of the tragedy. The metaphoric reference to the word “plague” also consolidates the occurrence of tragedy and expresses the destruction of love in the play.
Hamlet being a logical thinker undergoes major moral dilemma as he struggles to make accurate choices. From the internal conflict that the playwright expresses to us it is evident that it can kill someone, firstly mentally then physically. The idea of tragedy is explored in great detail through conflict where the playwright’s main message is brought across to the audience; Shakespeare stresses to his audience the point that conflict be it internal or external it can bring upon the downfall of great people and in turn have them suffer a tragic fate. It is Shakespeare’s aim to show us the complexity of man and that moral decisions are not easily made. Source Cited http://www.enotes.com/hamlet-text
Shakespeare’s plays, among other classic works of literature, tend to be forged with the tension of human emotion. The archetypical parallel of love and hatred polarizes characters and emphasizes the stark details of the plot. More specifically, the compelling force of revenge is behind most of the motives of Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet. The play opens with the return of Hamlet’s father, a surprising encounter, which ended in his son learning that his father’s death was the result of foul play. By emphasizing this scene as the beginning of the story to be told, Shakespeare clearly implies that the plot itself will be based around the theme of revenge.
This is shown by continually juxtaposing scenes of passion with scenes of hatred - even romantic scenes are littered with the constant foreshadowing of death. This is backed up when we read ‘Friar Lawrence’ warning Romeo and Juliet that “violent delights can lead to violent ends” and encourages them to “love moderately”. Through Friar Lawrence, William Shakespeare teaches us, perhaps because of a personal experience, that the line between love and hate is finer than what meets the eye. I think that Shakespeare is portraying that people love to hate each other. Shakespeare opens the play in such a fashion that suggests hate and violence will be more powerful than love.
Using Macbeth Shakespeare exposes the flaws of Man and in doing so he explores the very essence of human nature in audiences of all time. In Macbeth, Shakespeare provides valuable insights exploring how Man’s inherent greed and passions can corrupt his actions and sensible thoughts. The mythological allusion of Macbeth “upon this bank [of the river Styx] and shoal of time…the life to come” reflects his desire to fulfil his greed yet a logical reluctance to kill King Duncan. Similarly in Act 1 scene 5 Lady Macbeth’s soliloquy “what thou art promis’d; yet do I fear thy nature, it is too full o’th’milk of human kindness” establishes Macbeth’s kindness as the confinement of his ambition. This confinement is broken by the simile “which thou esteem’st the ornament of life…like the poor cat I’th’adage” persuading Macbeth to follow his murderous ambition.
Violence and Conflict in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is a tragedy about “a pair of star cross’d lovers”, blinded by their love for one another; it is a classic story of forbidden love, with scenes of high drama, killing and a tragic ending. The play both opens and ends with violent scenes, caused by the on going ‘grudge’ between the two families. The feud between the Montagues and the Capulets reigns supreme, and rules seemingly over love, over justice, in an almost unfair manner, as ‘civil blood makes civil hands unclean’. The image of violence being so unfair exists prominently in the deaths of the central characters of the cast. The young and pure lives of ‘Romeo’ and ‘Juliet’ is brought to a despicable end through the violence around them, which eventually brings about reconciliation between the families.
The destructiveness of the monster is self-created and “feeds on” Othello’s heart. Simultaneously, Othello feels guilty for being jealous of Cassio (without a concrete reason) and that shame that builds up in Othello will eventually be unleashed in the form of anger. Without having to doing much Iago, must wait as the insatiab... ... middle of paper ... ... does with the handkerchief. Good in Othello is defined as forgiving, innocent, unsuspecting and honest, while evil is defined as deceitful, manipulating, cunning and dishonest. Iago is the epitome of evil.
In another sense, the clashing of oppositions also happens in oxymoron. The play begins with a dramatic and exciting fight scene, which serves to show is the world that Romeo and Juliet’s love is situated in is a world where chaos and violence rule. This is very much about the hate and honour of the two families and it is also linked to the opposition of private and public. This fight scene does the dual purpose of capturing the attention of the audience, but also introduce us to the major opposition: that of Montague versus Capulet. The whole play is based upon the “ancient grudge” that is shared by these two “households both alike in dignity”.
Prologue: "From forth the fatal loins of these two foes." By showing its importance this early Shakespeare implies to the audience that the "feud" will have an impact on the rest of the play. Tybalt (Capulet): "As I hate Hell, all Montagues, and thee." Using words like "hell", which is a strongly hated place in the eyes of a Christian, as all Capulets and Montagues are, shows the degree of hatred that Tybalt feels for the Montagues and anyone who supports them. It creates an image of all Montagues being equal to hell and makes the audience realise how serious the feud is.