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Does 'Romeo and Juliet' show that good intentions are no match for anger?

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Does 'Romeo and Juliet' show that good intentions are no match for anger? 'Rome and Juliet' opens with us being told that, "Two households, both alike in dignity... from ancient grudge break to new mutiny." 'Ancient' is the key word in this sentence - a grudge so old and silly, no one can actually remember how it all started. As a result of this ancient, deep-rooted feud, "A pair of star cross'd lovers take their life." To this extent, it seems we have to go no further than the prologue to answer this essay. As long as there is underlying hatred, the families will never be able to fulfil any sort of happiness - there is always likely to be bursts of anger. Although many characters try to do the right thing, they get frustrated and things go wrong; anger gets in the way. The play begins with Capulet throwing a feast. ...read more.

Middle

Now that Romeo is to marry a Capulet, he will not rise to the challenge Tybalt sets. As a result, Mercutio gets involved and is killed under Romeo's arm - he is trying to keep the peace and stop the fighters. Romeo looses his temper when Mercutio says, "a plague on both your houses". Mercutio is supposed to be Romeo's best friend, he gets mad at this comment and takes out his anger by killing Tybalt. Even now, at such an intense part of the story line, the good intentions are still strong. Believing that Romeo had been provoked, the Prince does not execute him - would all of this had sorted itself out had Romeo been killed? Juliet at this stage, is sad and upset - a cousin dead and her lover banished - her father notices this and knowing nothing of the secret marriage arranges a swift wedding with Paris; he thinks it will make her happy. ...read more.

Conclusion

The families needed a 'wake up call' in the form of pain, to realise what was going wrong between them and it has taken this degree of horror to do so. Although 'Romeo and Juliet' is a tragedy, it is one that sees hope for the future. From all of the deaths, mainly Romeo's and Juliet's, the families have been hit hard and have seen that until underlying hatred is sorted and forgotten, the brawls and arguments will continue. "Till we can clear these ambiguities... lead you even to death." The impressive aspect is, or depressive, is that there are places today where the same blind hatred still exists: Northern Ireland, Iraq, the Middle East. No matter how hard peace makers try to settle things with good intentions, until the rival sides agree to settle their differences, deaths will continue. It is scary to think what kind of wake up call they will need. ?? ?? ?? ?? English Coursework Sarah Dullaghan 11M ...read more.

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