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The Tragedy Of Romeo And Juliet By William Shakespeare

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The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The reference to Romeo and Juliet as 'star crossed lovers' hints that
Romeo and Juliet were meant to die together because it was their
destiny. Therefore this is what fate had planned for their lives, as
it was crossed through the stars (written in the stars). It suggests
Romeo and Juliet were just a small part if a bigger picture and their
love and death's spiralled on chain reaction within Verona. These
chain reactions caused bigger events to occur, such as the new
proclaimed brothership and friendship between Montague and Capulet,
"Oh brother Montague, give me thy hand" The cease of hatred between
Montague and Capulet would have made a huge difference to the city of
Verona. There would be less fighting and unnecessary hurt and pain due
to the family's feud. The city of Verona would have been more united.
Afterwards Montague and Capulet finally feel ashamed when they realise
what they have done. "Capulet, Montague. See what a scourge is laid
upon your hate that heaven finds means to kill your joys with love."
This makes the two men come to realisation with what they have done.
The two families were described as "Two households both alike in
dignity" at the beginning of the play. However towards the end they
could be described as "Two families both united in grief" because they
both lost a child dear to them due to their own feud. This is because
the feud is directly responsible for the secret marriage, Romeo's
banishment and for the Friar's scheme which leads to the deaths of the
lovers. So ironically it is hate and not love which kills the lovers
and Shakespeare tells us this. Shakespeare wanted the audience to
believe in this couple and to wish them well he does this by
presenting the relationship as beautiful. Juliet says "Good night,
good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say good night
till it be morrow." In this and many other dialogues the relationship
is portrayed as beautiful and as something very sacred, which is worth
fighting for. The Prince and the Friar both try to stop the feuding
and unite the families but fail. The Prince's first speech tries to
bring peace to his streets when a fight breaks out in Act1; he is fed
up so threatens Montague and Capulet with death if it happens again.
"If you ever disturb our streets again, Your lives shall pay the
forfeit of the peace" However it is evident through the course of the
play, that even this is not enough and the only thing which could ever
bring peace to Verona is something very drastic. This builds up in
tension in the play until the climax in Act 3, scene 1 where another
fight occurs and ends in Mercutio and Tybalt's death and Romeo's
banishment. Therefore only in Romeo's and Juliet's death do the two
families start to see the futility of the...

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