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English Literature: Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

Zakaria Kurdi 11A English Literature Romeo and Juliet The fate of Romeo and Juliet was doomed from the very beginning. In this play every character has played an influential part on the lives of Romeo and Juliet, which, sadly led to this heart-breaking end. In this essay I shall discuss which characters brought this depressing ending to such a beautiful couple. From the very beginning of this play in the prologue both Romeo and Juliet are described as "star cross'd lovers". The meaning of the word "star" in this sentence is fate. Which in the context means that they have met each other by fate. Also "death-mark'd love". Which instantly implies that their love to each other shall end with death. In this essay nearly every character plays a very influential part on the lives of Romeo and Juliet. Starting with both families as a whole. Both Montagues and Capulets have been ancient enemies. In this play William Shakespeare has based both feuding families on what was happening around him. Which was: the feud between the House of York and the House of Lancaster. Another scene whereas William Shakespeare refers to something social is where he states the word "rose". "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet" The rose at that point of history was an inn on the same road as the globe theatre. ...read more.

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Ironically the word "Tybalt" means prince of cats. The prince of cats is the tiger. The lion is the king of cats. Possibly Shakespeare chose this name for this character to add emphasis to his personality. Also the meaning of his name being "Prince of cats" could be regarded as emphasis on what he yearns most. Which is to be a prince. This also would explain why he acts so harshly as 1: he is like an animal - absent-minded. 2: He wants to be a prince no matter the price. Even if it means killing people out side the feud. Also the word tiger begins with letter "t" and coincidentally so does his name. In my opinion it is very misfortunate that Romeo was put in the position of watching a good friend of his die. This friend is Mercutio. He was neither a Capulet nor a Montague. Simply another innocent victim added to the list of deaths that this persistent feud has caused. Which resulted in the prince losing a close relative and the tragic exile of Romeo. As Mercutio was dying he cried out in pain and agony: "A plague O both your houses!" Here he is directing his speech to both Capulets and Montagues. This sentence portrays a lot of dramatic irony as in the end both families lose their beloved children: Romeo and Juliet, which to any parent is a plague. ...read more.

Conclusion

The other meaning for this sentence is that the fate of Romeo is doomed. In act 3 scene 1 after slaying Tybalt Romeo says: "O, I am fortune's fool!" Here Romeo feels he is very unlucky for what has happened and that things will not work out. Yet before Romeo leaves that scene curious Benvolio says: "why dost thou stay" For he does not know of their secret marriage and that Romeo has killed his wives' cousin. Also in act 3 scene 3 Romeo describes to the Friar how exile for him is like being sent to hell. "Heaven is here, Where Juliet lives; and every cat and dog and little mouse, every unworthy thing, Live here in heaven and may look on her; But Romeo may not" Here he describes him self as dead with his Juliet. Also he went to the Friar's cell and not to his own house, which shows there is no strong connection between him and his parents. Also there is good use of imagery whereas Shakespeare says all unworthy animals may see Juliet but Romeo. Making Romeo unworthy and feel like his exile was out of "heaven". Concluding this essay I would like to say that all the way through this play the doors seem locked for Romeo. His fate with Juliet was doomed from the very beginning and the only way for them two, to be together was to be dead. Where they would be free from every ones' acts and do what ever they pleased, for eternity. ...read more.

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