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How does Shakespeare create a sense of sympathy for the two lovers in Romeo and Juliet?

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Romeo and Juliet Essay How does Shakespeare create a sense of sympathy for the two lovers in Romeo and Juliet? In fair Verona, the Montague's and the Capulet's are among the chief families in the city. For years they have been enemies in a bitter feud: "Two households, both alike in dignity. In fair Verona, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean." This caption is from the prologue of the play, but is very much true. This is called a blood feud, as the fall out is ancient and neither of the families can remember the reason why it all began. This obviously shows a great amount of stupidity of the feud and that both families are too high in dignity to re-ignite the friendship between them. By allowing the feud to continue the both families are disobeying the laws of Christianity, "thou shall love thy neighbour." They are also setting a bad example to the rest of the community of Verona, which brings shame upon the families and their city. This feud is considered to be a jinx to the entire city and it shows the power and strength of Romeo and Juliet's love can overcome such a drama. ...read more.


It is through the code of honour that Tybalt claims good reason for his hatred of the Montague's. Tybalt claims that he believes in honour but he acts dishonourably. There is much contrast between Tybalt and Romeo. Tybalt is found as someone full of hate and someone that is vicious with everybody, he has no sense of friendship, and therefore he is feared by everyone. Tybalt is totally indifferent towards women, he sees them as an excuse to fight, and does not care about how they really feel. Tybalt is not a Christian, even though he does pretend to be, he will not follow either of the Ten Commandments or the laws laid down by Jesus. For example Tybalt does not follow the commandment or the state law not to kill. Shakespeare also makes Tybalt not to respect the life of anyone other then himself. He is seen as a symbol of everything that is bad in the world. Romeo on the other hand is full of love, especially for his Juliet, he is passionate in everything he does. Romeo loves his mates, and he is loved by everyone. He wishes to do the right thing and always treats women well. ...read more.


The Friar Lawrence devises dangerous plans to help Romeo and Juliet live together in happiness, but his schemes go terribly wrong. His plan is to give Juliet a potion which is to make her seem dead, she will be placed in the Capulet vault and that Romeo will be with her when she awakes to take her to Mantua. Juliet drinks the poison as she is encouraged by the fact that she is being forced to marry the Prince Paris Escalas. When Romeo finds the dreadful news of Juliet's death, he resolves to kill himself that night in the tomb with Juliet. The Friar learns Romeo is in the tomb, as he arrives at the vault he finds the dead Romeo and Paris, as Juliet begins to awaken. Juliet refuses to leave the tomb; she stabs herself because she prefers to join Romeo in death. The Capulets and the Montague's enter the tomb to view their dead children; they make up their quarrel and promise to set up a golden statue of Romeo and Juliet. The gritting tale told with the passionate language used by Shakespeare makes the readers feel a lot of sympathy for the star crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. As they have many factors against them, it makes their dramatic relationship an act of heroism, taking on all the challenges just so that they can declare their love for each other. ...read more.

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