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Are Romeo And Juliet Responsible For Their Own Demise

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Are Romeo and Juliet responsible for their own demise? William Shakespeare, regarded widely as the greatest author in history is the man behind the famous love tragedy 'Romeo and Juliet', which is widely represented as an ideal for young lovers. It is one of his greatest works during his prime. Written in the 16th century, the story contains the sheer power of love, fate, time, society, and family conflicts. Two passionate lovers from opposing families try to achieve the impossible by striving to unite amongst the harsh surroundings. However, they fail so miserably that they end up killing themselves but leaving a deep mark on both families so as to unite them. In this essay, I will consider the variety of reasons why the two 'star-crossed lovers' Romeo and Juliet died. For one to judge how responsible the two are or the role of parents and parent substitutes are in this tragedy, other important characters and issues must also be taken into account. I will divide this essay into three main parts: Romeo, Juliet and fate (and the ones they were not responsible for) because these three were equally responsible for the catastrophic disaster. First, I shall analyse Romeo. He is definitely responsible for his own demise and in fact several others. He is as guilty as a thief. Nevertheless, there is pure evidence of his gentleness and kind heart for e.g. he fulfils Paris' wish by placing his corpse adjacent to Juliet's even though Juliet is his wife. It is evident that he does not intend to commence any brawls between the Capulet directly for e.g. he constantly wards off the challenge from Tybalt. The first impression we get of Romeo is the depressed type due to a harsh rejection from Rosaline. However, the thing I found quite intriguing was that it could have easily been this: Romeo's solitariness that plays a key part in the huge tragedy. ...read more.

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Thou art thyself, though not a Montague." This clarifies the hidden Romeo that she is not dismayed by any chance, hence he is permitted to disclose himself and fire back his love towards her. She does however when Romeo reveals himself, signify that the exchange of statement of love tonight is too soon; "I have no joy of this contract tonight. It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden; Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be". The meaning haste is repeated frequently using its synonyms to highlight that it was indeed too quick and the word 'too' is repeated for further emphasis. In addition, a comparison (simile) of the rushed action is made to 'lighting' which is extremely fast, to make clear. Nonetheless, she agrees to take a vow of love with Romeo, "I gave thee mine before thou didst request it," knowing that her parents would disapprove. She lived in a patriarchal society where the males were superior and children had no rights, but still she was willing to accept the consequences of disobeying her parents. She orders her Nurse to collect information about the marriage from Romeo. She secretly marries ignoring the fact that Paris has proposed. As Juliet has completely forgotten about Paris (because of Romeo), she struggles to give her parents a satisfactory answer to why she is rejecting Paris' offer. She says, "He shall not make me there a joyful bride." She tries to convey her denial by cleverly using Romeo whom she knows her mother would disapprove of because he killed Tybalt and the fact that he is a Montague; "I will not marry yet, and when I do, I swear/ It shall be Romeo,whom you know I hate, Rather than Paris." This can also be a pun used by Shakespeare to give a serious point from Juliet's perspective since she does want to marry Romeo whereas her mother thinks she is embodying him to put across her rejection. ...read more.

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Romeo, out of nowhere, meets Peter, who happens to be illiterate seeking help in reading the names of the people in the invitation, "Perhaps you have learned it without book. But I, pray can you read anything you see?" Hence, Romeo hears about the Capulet party. It could be argued that this bad luck initiates the tragic death of Romeo and Juliet because they would have never bumped into each other if Romeo had not gatecrashed the party. After the party, Romeo decides to sneak in the Capulet mansion. He could of ended up anywhere other than Juliet's balcony. There they share their feelings. During Mercutio and Tybalt's conflict, Romeo barges in and Mercutio is stabbed, "...why the devil came you, between us? I was hurt under your arm." Romeo seeks revenge on Tybalt. Just when Friar Lawrence and Juliet's deceiving plan is about to fool everyone, there is a major setback. Balthasar happens to pop up at Juliet's feigned funeral. He without doubt reports this incident to his master. After hearing this shocking news, Romeo feels he has a Hobson's choice so he commits suicide. Now all the facts have been taken into consideration, I will give my conclusions. I strongly believe that fate overall is the foremost cause of the heartbreaking story. The ball is one of the most important factors in supporting the fate assumption. Romeo discovers about it from sheer coincidence through Peter, as he is illiterate. This supplies the encounter of Romeo with Juliet. In any case, either Romeo or Juliet would not have fallen in love with each other if they had perceived the other's identity in advance. Therefore, the delay in this acknowledgement is absolutely down to fate. Simultaneously there is an ancient grudge within the two households and as a result, the lovebirds cannot avoid this. In addition, Romeo ending up in Juliet's balcony, his eviction and the setback in the advent of the letter, which contained Juliet's cunning plan, are all part of fate. There was nothing they could have done for fate to be prevented. ?? ?? ?? ?? Roshan The Great 1 ...read more.

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