“In time we dislike that which we frequently fear”– William Shakespeare. Shakespeare comprehended what a lot of do not: the true nature of hatred. Given that most people do not realise that their hatred simply masks their worries, they never ever confront the genuine problem.
Consequently, hate continues to destroy countries, cities and households. This idea of hatred is never ever more apparent than in Shakespeare’s terrible play, Romeo and Juliet. In this play, the characters’ hatred masks their fear of being helpless and drives them to prove their superiority, but this only causes their destruction.
Initially, characters relate to fictional labels such as power and nerve to mask their insecurity and to feel belonging. For instance, Tybalt tries to show his superiority over the Montagues by predicting himself as powerful and socially dominant. When he sees Romeo intruding on the Capulet feast, he insults him as a “slave” (1.5.54) that he should “… by the stock and honour of [his] kin/ To strike him dead [he] holds it not a sin” (1.5.56-58). Tybalt belittles the Montagues as useless servants that he must penalize and eliminate without guilt.
For that reason, he will rid Verona of their filthiness and show his social power. Also, Sampson pretends to be a bold warrior to enhance his credibility and social standing. To Gregory, Sampson can easily depict himself as “… an autocrat” (1.1.19) that after having “fought with the guys, … will be civil with the house maids;/ [and] cut off their heads” (1.1.20-21). In other words, they utilize their impressions of power and courage to trick others and themselves into inviting and accepting them.However, when embarrassed, their illusions are destroyed and their insecurities are threatened to be revealed which leaves them defenceless to exemption. In fact, when Tybalt is removed of his power and pushed into submission, he escapes ashamed to hide his inability.
After arguing with Capulet, Tybalt is required to leave his own banquet which with his “patience perforce with wilful choler conference” (1.5.88) makes his “… flesh shiver” (1.5.89). Tybalt trembles with rage and pity due to his forced submission to Capulet which proves he has no true social power as he must comply with orders not command them. Likewise, Sampson quickly avoids a fight when faced by the Montague servants to hide his cowardice. Sampson prompts Gregory to fight as he “will [allegedly] back thee” (1.1.35) and to “take the law on [their] sides, let them begin” (1.1.35) although he proclaimed himself an unflinching autocrat.
When he is faced with a battle, Sampson backs away and motivates Gregory to take the lead which shows he is just an egotistical coward. In other words, when the inferiority and cowardice of characters are exposed, they rush to conceal their real identities.As anticipated, to restore their lost status, characters turn to aggression to sidetrack others from their vulnerability. For example, Mercutio, feeling offended and disgraced, quickly belittles Tybalt to restore control of the circumstance and his social power.
Outraged by Romeo’s “… calm, dishonourable, repellent submission” (3.1.70), Mercutio disgraces Tybalt as a “rat-catcher” (3.1.72) and challenges him to a fight so “‘Alla stoccata’ carries it away” (3.1.71). Mercutio challenges Tybalt to a fight so that people will fear him, remember him as a strong, brave fighter and keep in mind Tybalt as a ‘rat-catcher’. In the very same manner, Romeo right away challenges Tybalt to a battle to avenge Mercutio and validate that he triggered his death. Romeo chooses that someone needs to “keep [Mercutio] business:/ Either thou or [Romeo], or both, should go with him” (3.1.124-125).
Romeo, irritated, enables his emotions to take control and looks for vengeance to justify and compensate for his cowardly submission which triggered Mercutio’s death. In other words, characters that lose their impressions of power and nerve battle to feel accepted due to their worry of rejection, so they violently and frantically protect themselves.Undoubtedly, they do not attain their objective of self-redemption and just continue the cycle of hatred which produces a never-ending path of destruction.
In truth, Mercutio’s violent effort to get social power blinds his factor and brings about his social and physical downfall. After being struck, Mercutio exclaims “I am hurt” (3.1.86) while his opponent-Tybalt- has “gone and hath absolutely nothing” (3.1.88). Mercutio’s effort to prove himself powerful ends with his death not Tybalt’s.
This shows that hostility is not the solution and only makes sure self damage. On the other hand, Romeo’s mother-Lady Montague- pays the repercussion of death for Romeo’s rash decisions. Prior to discovering his dead son, Montague states: “… my wife is dead tonight/ Sorrow of my child’s exile hath stopp ‘d her breath” (5.3.210-211).
Romeo’s impulsive actions, which result in his exile, causes his mom’s death which shows that when characters resort to violence, they not just unintentionally ruin themselves however take down others too. Simply put, when characters forecast their self-hate unto others through hostility, they trigger their own damage and collateral damage.