The Differences Portrayed In The Tragedy Of Romeo And Juliet By William Shakespeare

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The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is a play suffused with differences. Differences like Youth’s ideas compared with the elderly, and bloodshed with the cessation of war. The two lovers in this play had seemingly no way to control the differences that overpowered them. In the end, the ultimate resolve was death. The tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet were because of three major differences; They belonged to feuding families, they were very far apart, and their parents had very different plans for them.
The feud between Romeo and Juliet’s family is a monumental factor in each of their deaths. The Capulets and Montagues have loathed each other since time began. The families can’t remember why, or even when this rivalry occurred. As stated in the prologue of the play, “From ancient grudge breaks new mutiny.” The Capulets and Montagues could not find an agreement until the death of their children. “And the continuance of their parents’ rage, which but their children’s end, naught could remove.” Romeo and Juliet’s love could have been made a lot easier if the two families were not feuding. Instead of star crossed lovers they could have been called a happy couple. Many things would have changed. In Act 5, scene 5, line 296 Capulet says to Montague, “O brother Montague, give me thy hand. this is my daughter's jointure, for no more can I demand.” The death of Romeo and Juliet brought about peace, but the cost of their differences was an untimely demise. Was Romeo and Juliet’s death necessary for peace between the families? No one can say. It could be stated that part of William Shakespeare’s genius is that he has kept his audience guessing for over hundreds of years. Although it is impossible to conclude that the two had any control over their families’ wish for contention, Romeo and Juliet’s death was caused by their differences.
Romeo’s banishment was important to the rising action of the play, and led to the death of the two lovers. He killed Tybalt and was banished to Mantua. While Romeo was isolated from his family and wife, many things were set into motion. “Unworthy as she is, that we have wrought so worthy a gentleman to be her bride?” Capulet says in Act 3, scene five, line 147. He is speaking of Juliet’s arranged marriage to Paris. The marriage changed dates because of Juliet’s mourning for Tybalt. Capulet felt like Juliet would benefit from marrying earlier to try to sate her grief. Of course what Juliet’s father could never...

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