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Discuss the factors that lead to the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.

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Nick Claydon GCSE Coursework Text: 'Romeo and Juliet' Category: Pre-20th Century Literature Date: 24/10/03 Essay Title: 'For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.' Discuss the factors that lead to the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. There are many factors throughout the story of Romeo and Juliet that leads to their deaths. It is an unfortunate outcome of the story that we are even warned about in the prologue. Romeo and Juliet are described as a 'pair of star-crossed lovers' this asserts the fact they are ill-fated, also their connection between each other is described as 'death-marked love' which also suggests that their relationship will be connected with death. Their 'death-marked love is a result of four factors: fate, the feud between the families, Romeo and Juliet themselves, and other characters such as Friar Lawrence and Capulet. Most of their problems are just down to chance or according to the prologue, fate. The first of these events is Capulet's servant accidentally meeting Romeo and Benvolio in Act1 Scene2. The servant is carrying an invitation to Capulet's party but cannot read it, 'I pray, sir, can you read?' he asks Romeo. Romeo offers to read it for him, noticing that a girl named Rosaline will be there whom Romeo is currently in love with, he slyly adds himself and Mercutio to the list. ...read more.


He gets so angry he threatens to disown her if she does not comply with his wishes, he says, 'Graze where you will, you shall not house with me'; this quarrel also upsets Juliet's mother and now she won't talk to Juliet, Juliet then turns to the Nurse, who urges her to marry Paris also. Feeling betrayed she sends the Nurse away and then resolves to seek Friar Lawrence's aid. Act4 Scene2 sees a big problem in Friar Lawrence's plan for Juliet to take the potion to make her seem dead and getting a letter to Romeo in time explaining what is going on. The hope given to Juliet that everything was going to turn out good is shattered when news from her father that the wedding is going to be tomorrow - a day earlier than planned, 'I'll have this knot knit up tomorrow morning.' This means it won't be easy to get a letter to Romeo in time. Act5 Scene1, Romeo gets news from Balthasar about Juliet, but the news is inaccurate, Balthasar explains that Juliet is dead, 'Her body sleeps in Capels' monument'. Romeo, deeply upset from news of Juliet's death decides to ride in to Verona to see Juliet one last time before dieing at his side, he uses all the money he has to hire a horse and buy a bottle of poison. ...read more.


secret marriage in the first-place, and came up with the plan to help Juliet not get married to Paris which ended in Romeo and Juliet dieing. Though if he hadn't intervened then they would already be dead as he is the one who helped them over-come their want to die, and without him the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues would still exist as no-one would be their to explain what happened. Capulet: He became a problem when he insisted that Paris was to marry Juliet, this was sorted out by Friar Lawrence but when he brought the wedding forward by a day it didn't give Friar Lawrence enough time to send the message to Romeo. Tybalt: He was a problem since he swore revenge on Romeo for coming to the Capulets party, when he caught up with Romeo, he killed Mercutio then was slain by Romeo which got Romeo banished from Verona, if this hadn't happened, Romeo would know about Friar Lawrence's plan. Looking at the story of Romeo and Juliet, there are many factors surrounding the tragedy of the 'star-crossed lovers', it would seem that their love was destined to be doomed from the very beginning, yet their love and unity remains through the unity of the Capulets and Montagues at the end and by the gold statue that is put up in their honour. ...read more.

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