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The Connection Of Romeo And Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet, one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays, revolves around two “star-crossed lovers” that reflect each others emotion through the roller coaster of events they endeavor together. This play is an astounding and indulging experience that shows the true potency of love at first sight. Although the couple may be overly dramatic with their emotional changes, it highlights the power of love that Shakespeare wants to portray. They even go to the extent of saying that they would take death than the position that they are put in, to show how they will not be able to live without each other. It all starts in Verona, Italy sometime in the 16th century with two families with an old ...view middle of the document...

They meet and fall in love instantly, soon to find out that their family conflict with each other. Shakespeare’s use of words defines the emotions between the two lovers with a line from Romeo: “This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss” (1.5 105-107). In this passage the two have just met and Romeo tries to woo Juliet as he has just been crushed by one damsel. On the other hand now he believes that Juliet is the quintessence of beauty compared to his former interest. Juliet flirts back at him and soon, before the reader knows it, they kiss. With the romance in the air the feelings are being mirrored on both parts of the pair as Romeo and Juliet both think so highly of each other.
Their connection continues and intensifies as they are married the next day. While this may seem odd to us in the 21st century, life span in the 16th century was shorter so girls commonly got married a lot younger than they do now. Soon after the marriage, Romeo, Benvolio, and Mercutio are out in the town when they run into Tybalt who soon slays Mercutio, who Romeo then slays in revenge. The prince of the land had warned the families that any further conflict would result in punishment and banishes Romeo from Verona, and puts the penalty of death if ever seen in Verona again. Once news of the sentence reaches our lovers, they go into a state of panic where they claim that even death would be better than to have to live the rest of their lives without one another. Juliet has it even worse as she has to both mourn the death of a cousin and the banishment of Romeo: “‘Tybalt is dead and Romeo banishéd,’ That ‘banishéd,’ that one word ‘banishéd,’ Hath slain ten thousand Tybalts. Tybalt’s death was woe enough if it had ended there” (3.2 123-126). This passage shows Juliet is lamenting over the recent news of Tybalt’s death and how Romeo was banished. While sad for both tragedies she says that hearing the words “banishéd” was worse than if ten...

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