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“Romeo and Juliet” is a romantic tragedy

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Angela Wu Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is a romantic tragedy. It is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays because even though the plot is not unique, Shakespeare wrote it so that the audience would get more involved in the play emotionally. An example of this is when the audience wants Romeo to receive the note from Friar Lawrence saying that Juliet is not actually dead. The audience would experience feelings of dread in Act 5 Scene 3, where Romeo is going to kill himself at Juliet's tomb. The audience already knows that Romeo is going to kill himself (from the prologue), yet they do not want him to die because Shakespeare has made the love between Romeo and Juliet precious. Shakespeare makes the love between Romeo and Juliet romantic because of the way he makes Romeo describe Juliet as a bright angel with stars in her eyes: Romeo: "Two of the fairest stars in all heaven Having some business, do entreat her eyes." ...read more.


His description of his love for Juliet is much more detailed - he compares Juliet to the sun, and metaphorically describes Juliet's eyes as stars. The love between Romeo and Mercutio is different side of love. This is Philos love, which is love between friends, and is particularly expressed when Tybalt accidentally kills Mercutio, and Romeo decides to take revenge. Romeo: "And fir-ey'd fury be my conduct now!" Act 3 Scene 1 Line 124 Romeo is extremely angry at this point and is not thinking straight. Romeo loves Mercutio so much that he is willing to take Tybalt's life for him. He also forgets the fact that Tybalt is his wife's cousin. I think that the truest love is between Romeo and Juliet. At first, the love between them is lust. This is shown when they first see each other. When he sees Juliet, Romeo says: Romeo: "Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear! So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows." ...read more.


However, after Tybalt is dead, Capulet arranges for Juliet to marry Paris. This is because he thinks that he and Lady Capulet have run out of time to encourage Juliet to meet someone, now that Tybalt is dead. Capulet: "Things have fall'n out, sir, so unluckily, that we have had no time to move our daughter." Act 3 Scene 4 Lines 1-2 Capulet deeply cares for his daughter because he wants her to experience life before something as unlucky as death could occur. History During Shakespeare's time, people believed that women had less status than men. In many of Shakespeare's plays, he deals with disorder. Like many people in his time, they feared and disliked disorder. An example of preventing disorder in "Romeo And Juliet" is when Tybalt spots Romeo at the party (Act 1 Scene 5 Line 54). Capulet hears what Tybalt says but does not want to cause disorder by revealing him. People in Shakespeare's time also believed in fate and what the stars told them. In the play, fate showed that Romeo and Juliet's relationship was doomed because their stars were crossed. ...read more.

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