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Hate, denotative and connotative in Romeo and Juliet



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    Hate, it’s a word commonly and casually used and not always taken for what it is. Often used to describe a dislike, such as, “I hate rocks, they’re soooo annoying.” or “I hate gym class, exercise is not, my thing.” This is not hate; it is just an extreme overstatement. Not many people will ever experience true hatred. Hate is seen as a strong negative emotion or extreme loathing, its dictionary definition is to express or feel extreme enmity. Two denotative definitions of hate are, “to feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility towards.” and “to dislike intensely or passionately.” These two definitions are similar because they both basically say to dislike something. Also the two definitions use the words extreme, intense, and passionately, which all can be synonyms of each other. They are not very different at all. The first definition could be taken to mean that hate is a much stronger emotion than if you were to just see definition two, but there is really no difference between the two. Both definitions match my definition of the term hate, which is, a strong negative emotion towards an object, person or subject. The connotative definition of hate is very similar if not the same as denotative.

    A couple of definitions in the urban dictionary are, “A special kind of love given to the people that suck,” “when you dislike someone so much that if you and the other person were in an empty room with a knife in the middle, one or both would be dead,” and my favorite, “the path to the dark side of the force.” Hate was seen by my friends and family as a strong, powerful word that is a learned emotion, and an intense, utmost hostility towards someone or something. Hate seems to be a universal word for a strong dislike of something or someone. In Romeo and Juliet hate is seen as a strong negative emotion that is a part of everyday life, present in family rivalry between the Montague’s and the Capulet’s. Even the servants hate each other and they are not blood related, therefore not technically part of the “families.” “Gregory: I will frown as I pass by, and let them take it as they list.

    Sampson: nay, as they dare. I will bite my thumb at them, which is disgrace to them that bear it. Abraham: do you bite your thumb at us, sir? Sampson: I do bite my thumb, sir.” (act1, scene 1, lines 42-48) here servants from the different families are passing by each other and feel the need to show their animosity towards the other family. Hate is very deeply ingrained into every character in Romeo andJuliet and is portrayed by William Shakespeare as an everyday part of life as well as an extreme loathing of another person or group of people. In conclusion, hate is universally seen as a negative emotion. In Romeo and Juliet, the dictionary, and everyday people all have very similar views on hate. All see hate as negative, extreme, is normally directed towards a person or object, and is part of life.

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