Love/Hate in Romeo and Juliet

Write about how Shakespeare presents the theme of love and hate in Romeo and Juliet.

Introduction: Ask key questions that the essay will answer, for example, how does love affect the characters in the play? How does hate affect their behavior? What are the similarities between love and hate? What does the language suggest about love and hate?

Key points to include:

  • Love seems to make characters behave irrationally. (Romeo and Juliet in Act 2 scene 2, Friar Lawrence in Act 3 and the Nurse in Act 3).
  • There are different types of love (romantic, maternal, spiritual) which all appear impetuous.
  • Hate is powerful and triumphs over love at various points. (Act 3 scenes 1 and 5).
  • Shakespeare uses oxymorons and metaphors to suggest that love and hate are two sides of the same coin.

Conclusion: Love and hate are not opposites! They are closely related and equally powerful.




EYES4U: Design an Advert for Puck’s ‘Love Potion’

EYES4U: £499.99 while stocks last (pun intended.)
EYES4U: £499.99 while stocks last (pun intended.)

Your task is to design an advert for the ‘love potion’ that Puck is sent to find in Act 2 scene 1.

This is to help you REVISE the features of advertising that we learnt about last term. (You will need to learn these for your exam in June.)

Your advert should include:

A slogan
A logo
Statitistics – ‘99.9% success rate!’
Facts – ‘Made from natural ingredients’
Opinions – ‘This product will transform your life’
Superlatives – ‘The most effective love potion available’
Comparatives – ‘Works faster, lasts longer than other potions’
Repetition – ‘Eyes4U’
Rhetorical Questions – ‘Are you looking for love?’
A Special Offer – Free romantic meal for 2 if you buy before midnight!’

I LOVE THIS: The Guardian and Observer Book Swap

As I write, thousands of books lie scattered across our nation: abandoned, rejected and lost, waiting with hope and courage in their hearts for new owners who will rescue, rehouse and read them. Unlike many of their friends, they cannot be found luxuriating upon the warm bookshelves of a library, or curled up amidst the cosy table display of a local bookshop. No such luxury for those such as these, whose temporary, makeshift shelters consist of benches in draughty railway station waiting rooms, a shelf in the chilled food section of a local frozen foods outlet, or a humble seat on the Piccadilly line. In cafes and castles, cinemas and supermarkets, greengrocers and garden centres, they sit in silence, hoping that someone will see them, pick them, and commit to giving them a warm and loving home.

Will you?

Last weekend, The Guardian and Observer launched a nationwide book swap, in which you can swap one of your old books for another by leaving it in a place in which it is likely to be found by someone.

So that the person knows that your chosen book is part of The Guardian and Observer Book Swap (as opposed to A Random Item Of Lost Property), you can can download a ‘message sticker’ from The Guardian and Observer website, which you stick to the inside cover of your book, complete with your own personalised message of recommendation. Then, hopefully, you will find one of your own, whilst waiting for the 137 bus, or standing in the queue at Waitrose, or somesuch.

Isn’t it wonderful? I love it, and shall definitely be a most avid participant.

Happy weekend swapping,

Ms North