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Did Shakespeare intend his audience to see the deaths of Romeo and Juliet as inevitable?

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Dael Evans English Coursework Did Shakespeare intend his audience to see the deaths of Romeo and Juliet as inevitable? The Book Romeo and Juliet is set in fair Verona around the medieval period of 1595 and was written as a play and I'm going to be analysing to see whether Shakespeare intended his audiences to see the deaths of Romeo and Juliet as Inevitable. Romeo and Juliet were from two feuding families, the Montagues and the Couplets. The Play is both a love tragedy and a love story. The audience would of believed in the fact that 'fate' could not be humanly controlled and that it was controlled by the stars or elements like nature, so this reinforces the idea of Shakespeare intending Romeo's and Juliet's deaths as being inevitable. This is what I'm going to discuss in my essay. In this paragraph I will talk about how the prologue affects the understanding of the play. This can be linked with the question in discussion because the prologue predicts the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. It mentions them as being "star crossed lovers", this is saying that the stars have predicted their love for each other; in these Medieval times people would've believed this. "Death marked lovers", this means that their love was undoubtedly fated to fail and hence for them to die as a result of this. ...read more.


It suggests that love is part of fate. Juliet warns Romeo about swearing on anything that is inconstant and that will bring bad luck. So Romeo swore by the moon and maybe brought him and Juliet bad luck and possibly a fated death. It is possible to view the deaths of Romeo and Juliet as not determined by fate but instead a result of a set of ordinary and understandably if tragic circumstances. The lovers are very young and possibly too na�ve to make marriage succeed, especially in the current circumstances. I say this because of a number of reasons. Romeo and Juliet are very young, from two different feuding families who dislike each other highly. Because of this they would make enemies in the two families. As they are very young they wouldn't know how to cope with being in a fully committed relationship and things could go wrong. This links back to the pressures their parents are putting them under because of the relationship with Paris. Their love has made enemies already, take for example Tybalt. He betrayed Mercutio and killed him, now Romeo is angry and takes revenge for the death of his friend and kills Tybalt, all because he is in love with Juliet and it comes with loving her. In the openeing paragraph Romeo is described as being rather a young romantic. ...read more.


I will now look over and explain the circumstance cases that might have killed Romeo and Juliet. Romeo went to the Capulet's garden because he didn't want to talk to his friends. If his friends hadn't have been walking down the street wanting to talk to him at the same time he wouldn't have met Juliet for a second time and wouldn't have got married, and maybe they might've both survived. Friar Lawrence supports Romeo and Juliet getting married as he thinks it might help stop the feuding between the families. He had good intentions with this but he should've seen the difficulties between them and he could've advised them to get married later in their lives. Romeo wants to take revenge for the death of his close friend Mercutio. If Mercutio hadn't of been so foolish he wouldn't of got Romeo Banished and he would of then known about the plan to fake Juliet's death. I think that when Shakespeare wrote this play for his audience he intended the audience to think that the death of Romeo and Juliet were fated. I have many reasons for this conclusion, the fact that they were described as being "star crossed lovers" and after this "death marked lovers" obviously pointing out that Romeo and Juliet have been fated by the stars to fail in there love and eventually die because of it. ...read more.

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