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The Tragedy Of Verona Essay

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In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet commit a tragic act, suicide. However, this act is not only the tragedy of two lovers, but the whole city of Verona. Likewise, the renowned poet and writer, W.H. Auden argues, "The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is not simply a tragedy of two individuals, but the tragedy of a city. Everybody in the city is one way or another involved in and responsible for what happens." For example, in order to solve a Rubik cube, the mini cubes or “cubelets” must fit together to play their part in the overall outcome of solving the puzzle. Similarly, this concept applies to the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Indirectly, the tragedy of ...view middle of the document...

At the same time, Friar Lawrence offers Juliet the potion that will cause Juliet to appear dead, when in reality she is only in deep sleep. As a result, Romeo is tempted to suicide when he realizes Juliet is “dead”. Instead, the Friar should have visited the Prince or Lord Capulet to inform them of Romeo and Juliet’s marriage. Moreover, when Juliet awakens at the tomb, Friar Lawrence leaves her when he hears a noise. (V.iii.163-172.) Juliet’s state of mind was unstable at the time, so the Friar’s decision to leave Juliet alone was foolish. If Prince Escalus and Friar Lawrence had implemented wiser decisions, then perhaps Romeo and Juliet would not have committed suicide. The feud between the Capulets and Montagues remains as one of the main “cubelets” or reasons for the tragic end of Romeo and Juliet. This feud is an ever-lasting dispute that seemed to possess no solution until the death of Romeo and Juliet. The resolution to the conflict meant for the death of Romeo and Juliet. For instance, if Romeo and Juliet were not the children of the Montague or Capulet families, then their parents may have been more accepting of each other. If there was no existing feud, then Romeo and Juliet’s love would not require as much caution and secrecy. Juliet would not need to marry Paris, and she could inform her parents about her love for Romeo. Her parents would act rather forgiving and perhaps accept Romeo if he were not the son of the Montague household. The...

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