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How does the first two scenes support the quote that Romeo and Juliet are "Star-cross'd Lovers?"

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Introduction

How does the first two scenes support the quote that Romeo and Juliet are "Star-cross'd Lovers?" Throughout Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" fate plays a huge part, this usually involves Benvolio messing things up who ironically is the one trying to "keep the peace". But it is the results of his efforts to cheer up Romeo which indirectly cause nearly every death in the play. Benvolio's name derives from to Latin words, "Bene" which means to wish and "volio" which means well. "Star cross'd lovers" refers to any lovers whose affection for each other is doomed to end in tragedy. It is a romantic but tragic phrase just like the play. The prologue confirms that they are "Star-cross'd" lovers by setting the current situation and enlightens us about the family feud between the Capulets and the Montagues. The "Two Households" have had an "ancient grudge" which has lasted for generations. "Do with their death bury their parent's strife", the death of Romeo and Juliet is the only way for the two families to be in peace. ...read more.

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I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee:" The fact that Tybalt arrived when he did highlights the Star-cross'd theme of the story. Although Benvolio had tried to part the two sides Tybalts arrival had put a stop to this. I think the name Benvolio has come from the word Benevolent which means kind, helpful and charitable which is a perfect description of Benvolio's character that would much rather that there was peace between the two families: "I do but keep the peace". It is only when the prince intervenes that the civil brawl stops and Benvolio and Tybalt drop their weapons. This is followed by a long speech from the Prince who tells both sides that if a fight breaks out one more time their lives would be taken "If ever you disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of peace". The tension between the families makes the situation all the worse for Romeo and Juliet: both sides are very passionate about the family conflict and neither is prepared to give in. ...read more.

Conclusion

I pray, sir, can you read?" Romeo agrees to read it for him and in return the servant invites him to the party "I pray, come and crush a cup of wine. Rest you merry! Romeo decides to go when Benvolio persuades him that other beauties of Verona will be there and that when he sees them he will realise that Rosaline is not so beautiful. Although the only reason he really wants to go is so that he can stare at her. I think Shakespeare cleverly grasps the audience's attention in scenes one and two by showing the tension and hatred between the two families. We are slowly prepared for the anguish which will be destined if two people fall in love from the different families. Therefore love and hate play a big part in this story. However it is fate that they should meet and be together as Romeo should never have been at the party and Juliet was promised to marry Paris. All the conflict builds up and leads to the tragedy of the Star-cross'd lovers. ?? ?? ?? ?? By Tom Hayes ...read more.

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