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In this essay I intend to compare and contrast 'Lamb to the Slaughter' by Roald Dahl written in 1950 and 'The Speckled Band' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle written in 1883.

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Romeo and Juliet: A Play about "Untimely Death" In William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, passionate love between the two protagonists is vividly portrayed by the author's masterly handling of language and imagery. Shakespeare also illustrates the tragic end of this fervent love. Although it has often been speculated as to the true cause of their demise, it is on the whole difficult to reach a sole conclusion. Some say it is Fate, whilst others say the main cause of their deaths is due to the "ancient grudge" between the Capulets and the Montagues. I will reflect on potential causes to the dreadful ending of the lovers, essentially focusing on the involvement of Fate and the belief that Fate determines our lives. In the prologue we are given a hint of the intrusive role of "Fate" and the tragic outcome of the play as the narrator speaks of the couple as being "A pair of star-crossed lovers" as well as calling their love "death-marked". ...read more.


The majority of the foreshadowing in the play often comes from lines spoken by the protagonists themselves. It is often a dream, a premonition or simply a feeling of uneasiness, similar to the foreboding feeling Romeo experienced before encountering Juliet as earlier pointed out. Another one of these feelings are present in the play's second act just moments before Romeo and Juliet are to be married. Romeo longs to marry Juliet and together with Friar Lawrence they await her arrival, but Romeo's words have an ominous tone as they discuss the imminent marriage. Romeo feels that he can tackle any sorrow after having spent some time with Juliet, even going as far as saying: "Then love-devouring Death do what he dare, It is enough I may but call her mine" (II, VI) The personification of Death as being love-devouring is very expressive and typical of Shakespeare. It is also a very dark approach of unfolding the sinister forces responsible for the death of the lovers. ...read more.


Therefore Romeo tries to shape his own future by defying Fate and avenging Mercutio. Blinded by his fury he slays Tybalt, and it is but afterwards that Romeo understands the consequences of his actions. In this great turningpoint of the drama Romeo cries out in despair: "O, I am Fortune's fool", he realises the chains of Fate cannot be shattered. Perhaps the most obvious example of Romeo's defying character is found in the fifth act. When Romeo is notified regarding Juliet's death, when he attempts to challenge Fate one last time by killing himself to be with his love in the after-life. He cries: "Then I defy you, stars!" (V, I) In conclusion, in my opinion, the tragic end of the lovers is caused by the vile and sinister "Fate". Although the protagonists make various attempts to shatter the chains of Fate, they are all in vain for their love is condemned and "star-crossed" from the very beginning. Gabriel Iliesiu - IB1b 3rd of March - 03 S:t Eskils Gymnasium English A2 HL Eskilstuna 3 ...read more.

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