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Could the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet happen today? The story of the "star crossed lovers" is a true tragedy as there was so much potential for the relationship to work.

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Could the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet happen today? The story of the "star crossed lovers" is a true tragedy as there was so much potential for the relationship to work. The feelings that the couple from "two houses alike in dignity" were so immense that they ended up dying for each other. If it wasn't for fate, their dedication would have allowed them to grow old together, and not end up dying at such a young age. Fate is a continuous factor throughout the play and leads to much of the tragedy. A good example of this is the Capulet party. It is quite ironic that Peter, the Capulets servant can't read the list of people invited to the Capulets party. So he approaches Benvolio. This leads to Mercutio asking Romeo to come with them the party, which happens to be a masked ball, so they would not be identified as Montagues. In Act 1, Scene 4, Romeo says "some consequence, yet hanging in the stars, shall bitterly begin this fearful date" Even before he had met Juliet, Romeo has predicted that something will start that night of the party but would lead to disaster and heartache- which it eventually does. Perhaps the largest part of that fate plays in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is in Act 2, Scene 3, where friar Lawrence is established as a herbalist. ...read more.

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Courtly love is a part of both Romeo and Juliet's lives, although not involved in their relationship together. Romeo at first wishes to court Rosalyn but she is not interested. The love Paris had got for Juliet is courtly. When Paris speaks to Capulet he says, "Now my lord, what say you to my suit." and "Younger than she are happy mothers made." There is no reference to how much he loves Juliet but that he wants to make Juliet a happy mother. There is no romance between the two. Paris arranged the marriage through Capulet. Juliet appears to have no affection towards Paris, as she barely knows him. After Tybalts Death, the marriage to Paris is forced upon Juliet. When Romeo and Juliet first met there was a fascination between them that continues throughout the entire play, although it is far more obvious at the beginning of the story. When they first met there was lots of flirting and Romeo plays words and refers to "blushing pilgrims" (his lips) and "a shrine" (her hands). After this meeting the feelings that they have for each other becomes deeper. "Juliet is the sun, arise fair sun and kill the envious moon." Romeo is so in love with Juliet, he is comparing her to the goddess of the moon and saying that Juliet is far more beautiful. ...read more.

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There are factors though, that makes the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet happening in today very unrealistic. In today's society, children would not necessarily have to marry someone they don't want to. Most parents don't want their children to rush into marriage at that age. Parents today are more comfortable with their children "dating" and family feuds still occur but are far less common. Marriage is no longer a lifetime commitment. Divorce is a common practise between couples who no longer want to be together for whatever reason. This means there is no real reason to commit suicide to escape a relationship you don't want to be in. Several of the key events, which make Romeo and Juliet a true tragedy, come back down to fate. It would be extremely difficult, or nearly impossible to find a drug that would make you appear dead. Even if you could, communication is much easier now than it was in Shakespeare's time and an e-mail, phone call or text message could have been sent instead. Also it is now quite rare to find someone who can't read. This would mean that the party would not have been known. But this is today so the news of someone having a party would not stay a secret for long and the word would spread quickly. I personally believe that the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet could still happen in today's society but it would not be on the same scale as the story of Romeo and Juliet. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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