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Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

"My only love sprung from my only hate!" (Romeo and Juliet, pg. 30). In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, it talks about a pair of lovers, born from feuding families, which continue to love each other even though they are hiding this relationship from their families. The price for their love is death, which leads to the relief between the Capulets and the Montagues. From the very beginning of this play, both bad luck and fate have both contributed to the tragic death of Romeo and Juliet. A significant contribution of bad luck to their death was the letter that got stopped on the way to Mantua. This letter was from Friar Lawrence, informing Romeo of Juliet's feigned death. The friar assumed that everything was going to work out. Juliet takes the sleeping potion and plunges into a deep sleep. Meanwhile, Friar John, asked to deliver this letter to Romeo was stopped because of an infectious disease. ...read more.

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"She will beshrew me much that Romeo hath had no notice of these accidents;" (Romeo and Juliet, pg. 103). Friar Lawrence says that Juliet will curse him because Romeo was not notified of her "death" and when he arrives at the tomb, he already feels that something bad has already happened to Romeo. Another significant contribution of bad luck was the timing of events. The timing of Tybalt's fight with Mercutio was bad luck. Of all the times they could have fought, they choose to fight after Romeo and Juliet's marriage. As Mercution dies, Romeo kills Tybalt. Romeo says, "O, I am Fortune's fool." (Romeo and Juliet, pg. 62). By saying this, he tells us that he know this situation will separate him from Juliet, whether it be physically or spiritually (through death). "Ha, banishment! Be merciful, say 'death'." (Romeo and Juliet, pg. 69). Romeo already cannot stand the thought of leaving Juliet. ...read more.

Conclusion

Their rivaling family, the Montagues, was the family that Romeo was born into. "O dear account! My life is my foe's debt." (Romeo and Juliet, pg. 29). Romeo first meets Juliet in a party the Capulets held, and a fight is avoided by Tybalt being under Capulet's orders. In the balcony scene, Juliet says,"Deny thy father and refuse thy name." (Romeo and Juliet, pg.34). Both Romeo and Juliet wish that they could both be rid of their families' names. Also, the parents of Juliet controlled her life. "She shall be married to this noble earl." (Romeo and Juliet, pg.75). Juliet had no say in this marriage. "Henceforward I am ever rul'd by you." (Romeo and Juliet, pg.89), like stars rule over her fate. Yet it is this very marriage that cost Romeo, Juliet and Paris their lives. Basically the end of love and life for both Romeo and Juliet was both the contribution of bad luck and destiny. This pair of lovers, born of rivaling families, paid the cost for the love later established by both the Capulets and the Montagues. ...read more.

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