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Explore the factors that lead to the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

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Final Copy Task: Explore the factors that lead to the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Right at the beginning in the prologue it tells us that the relationship of the two lovers is of "death-marked love" and they are "star crossed lovers." These two quotations tell us that it will end in tragedy-death. Many factors contribute to the final tragedy and I shall be looking at how characters and events influence the doomed relationship. The relationship between the two families is bad as if they meet they normally end up fighting. The feud is long standing and after another public brawl the prince decrees that any one that fights in public will be put to death. This is important because later in the play Romeo, Tybalt and Mercutio will ignore this new rule. As the background is pure hate it tells us right away that if there was a relationship it would be likely to end in tragedy. The first meeting in the play between Romeo and Tybalt is one of anger, as Tybalt wants to fight Romeo as he has attended a Capulet event "Now by the stock and honour of my kin, to strike him dead I hold it not a sin." ...read more.

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Shakespeare builds up the tension because we wonder if this will be the point where the tragedy occurs. When the play tells us that Romeo's punishment for killing Tybalt is banishment it immediately tells us that the marriage is going down the drain as if Romeo is banished he cannot go and see Juliet anymore. Romeo says, "There is no world without Verona walls," which means that they couldn't possibly have a good marriage without seeing each other. Juliet's response to Romeo being banished is the same and she thinks that it's the same as death as she could no longer see him. By Romeo being banished it does a clue that it will end in tragedy, as it is ominous that they both would rather die than never see each other again. When they were saying goodbye to each other they thought that they would never see each other again which is true as they both die. When they say goodbye Juliet has a sense of coming doom as she sees Romeo's body as though he's in his tomb. It foreshadows the actual events as the next time Juliet sees Romeo he is indeed dead in the Capulet tomb. ...read more.

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If Romeo goes to see Juliet and then poisoned himself there could be a small chance that Juliet is awake but as he goes too fast it makes you think that it will end in tragedy. Friar Lawrence's letters to Romeo are very important "Of dear import, and the neglecting it may do much danger." As it explains what Juliet is going to do. As Romeo doesn't receive the letters he thinks that Juliet is actually dead. At the end of the play when Romeo and Juliet are both dead lying side by side, Friar Lawrence feels guilty that they are both dead. Friar Lawrence's idea and potion makes the play end in tragedy. When the prince finds out what has just happened he sees it as strange justice as there is a Capulet and a Montague lying side by side together in peace. He later finds out about Juliet and Romeo and says, "For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo." It is ironic that both families are punished by fate for their hatred and only by the deaths is the hatred and feuding resolved. Skye Jaworski 10th May 2002 ...read more.

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