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The Deaths Of Romeo And Juliet In William Shakespeare's Play

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The Deaths of Romeo and Juliet in William Shakespeare's Play

Romeo and Juliet was written in 1595 for an Elizabethan audience. It
was set in Verona and Mantua in Italy. People of Shakespeare's time
thought of Italy as immoral and famous for it sexual affairs and
crime. The audience would have expected Romeo and Juliet to include
affairs and violence but would still react shocked to the actions
going on in the play, as even though it would be normal, because of
the notorious rumours of Italy, the audience would be used to have a
happy ending. When fate and inevitability are present in a storyline
the audience feels pity for the characters and fear for what is going
to happen. The deaths in the play Romeo and Juliet have many possible
causes, although they both eventually kill themselves, Romeo and
Juliet could have been influenced to do this by other characters or
each other. It is constantly suggested that their deaths were
determined by fate, so none of the other characters could have
influenced this anyway. Or it could just be because of their bad luck.
They are not the only characters killed in the play.

Romeo and Juliet opens with a prologue, which sets the scene to the
play and gives the audience their first impressions of the characters.
It particularly focuses on the parents feud "ancient grudge break new
mutiny" shows us that the two households have had friction between
them for a long time and that, they constantly fight and bicker
particularly between the younger more headstrong members of the
families. Romeo and Juliet being of different house holds, were born
to hate each other, "fatal loins" shows this, as it implies that
because they were not supposed to like each other because of their
parents hate for each other. It also suggest that fate had already
planned for them to meet and fall in love. Tybalt is a perfect example
of how the Montague-Capulet feud had taken over his life. "As I hate
hell, all Montagues, and thee" shows how much he really despises
Montagues. He has been taught and brought up to believe that the
Montagues are the enemy, so he is always trying to fight them. When he
finds out that Romeo went to the Capulet's party, Tybalt says that he
wants to kill him. His actions are melodramatic and this is showed
with the punctuation that is used. There is an excessive amount of
explanation points and short words, which create the effect that he is
short tempered and energetic. Shakespeare has used Tybalt to reflect
the intense hatred for each other, between the households. This does
not let the audience ever forget the feud between the Montagues and
the Capulets. Mercutio blames both the Montagues and the Capulets for
his own death, when Tybalt stabs him after becoming involved in a
fight between them. He repeats the word "a plague o' both your houses"
he...

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