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Nobody who has either heard or seen the tale of Romeo and Juliet can deny that two of the strongest themes found within it are love and hate - in many different forms Even in the beginning of the play this is made known to the audience primarily by the lines From forth the fated loins of these two foes A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life Prologue This clearly shows both the hatred and love which can be found but is not the only example Romeo and Juliet not only has the love between the two main characters but the brotherly love and sinister hatred between many others It is harder to say whether love or hate is more prominent in Romeo and Juliet but love plays an extremely important role - especially when the two lovers meet for the first time Right away Romeo is awestruck at Juliets beauty proclaiming Did my heart love til now Forswear it sight For I neer saw true beauty till this night Iv Although he claims to be in love with Rosaline he becomes a victim of falling in love at first sight This love is certainly not unrequited love though - although Juliet did not even know his name she still asks Go ask his name If he be married my grave is to be like my wedding bed Iv Clearly she is already so much in love that she shall die from grief if she finds out Romeo is already married Although Romeo is in love with Juliet so much that he refuses to fight his one-time enemy the murder of a close friend whether accidental or not forces a violent reaction out of him When originally taunted by Tybalt he refuses to fight saying I do protest I have never injured thee but love thee better than thou canst deviseAnd so good Capuletbe satisfied IIIi He further continues in this way
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