In William's Shakespeare immortal tale, Romeo and Juliet, love and hate are juxtaposed to portray the antithesis between the two themes. William Shakespeare purposely contrasted these two themes to convey an idea that one cannot exist without the other, a balance in all things in nature, for instance, the correlative use of a light/dark polarity. Romeo and Juliet, dubbed as a romantic tragedy, is more about love than hate. Love, in its many forms, is an important theme in the play: the love not reciprocated - the unrequited love, the love of parents for their children - the familial love, the love that is created from friendship - the fraternal love, the romantic love and the love of family honour, is showcased through the characters. As to many contrasts, hate is represented in the Romeo and Juliet to illustrate the idea of the balance in nature. Hate is strongly represented through the ancient feud between the two families. It is also insinuated that the hate is ingrained through the families and their kin. .
The most prominent form of love, the romantic, is illustrated throughout the whole play through the two protagonists, Romeo and Juliet. Romantic love between Romeo and Juliet is the intense passion that springs up at their first sight (Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight; / For I ne"er saw true beauty till this night." I.v. 50-51). Romeo and Juliet's love for each other is a violent, ecstatic, overpowering force that supersedes all other values, loyalties, and emotions. In the course of the play, the young lovers are driven to defy their entire social world: families ("Deny thy father and refuse thy name," Juliet asks, "Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, / And I'll no longer be a Capulet" II.ii. 34-35); friends (Romeo abandons Mercutio and Benvolio after the feast in order to go to Juliet's garden II.i); and ruler (Romeo returns to Verona for Juliet's sake after being exiled by the Prince on pain of death in II.