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Romeo and Juliet

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Kyriacos Kadis Romeo and Juliet Coursework For hundreds of years people have argued over the reason for the death of Romeo and Juliet. I think it has got something to do with fate, chance, adolescent passion, feud and their fathers and a few other factors. There are many suggestions in the play that the deaths were destined by fate. At the time the play was written people believed and praised the stars just as people today use modern day horoscopes to predict the outcome of their lives. At the beginning of the play the prologue tells us that Romeo and Juliet are a pair of "star crossed lovers." Romeo believes what will happen will happen. "I fear too early for my mind misgives, some consequence yet hanging in the stars." Later on when Romeo hears of Juliet's death he cannot believe it and says, "then I defy you stars." Romeo says he feels his future is "hanging in the stars" and he is "fortunes fool." ...read more.


Romeo is unsatisfied with Rosaline's unrequited love. The first time when Romeo meets Juliet he says "O she doth make torches burn bright." This shows that there is romantic love at first sight. Romeo views Juliet in a romantic way "saint." On the balcony he calls her "Angel." The Nurse lets Romeo have sexual love with Juliet the night before Romeo gets banished to Mantua. Their love for each other is so strong that they get married quickly. Their love for each other is so strong that they die for it. There is a feud between the two families, the Motagues and the Capulets. Their grudge breaks to new mutiny at the start of the play. Was this enmity to blame? When Romeo, Mercutio and Benvolio meet Tybalt in the street, Tybalt challenges Romeo to a fight. Romeo refuses his challenge and calls him "good Capulet" so they can become friends. Tybalt takes it as an insult and then says, "A plague o' both your houses". ...read more.


The friar gives her a sleeping potion to drink. Everyone will think she is dead and she can run off with Romeo. Therefore she will not have to marry Count Paris. After the deaths of Romeo and Juliet the two families become friends. "A glooming peace this morning with it brings, the sun for sorrow will not show his head, go hence to have more talk of these sad things, some shall be perdon'd and some punished. For never was a story of more woe, than this of Romeo and her Juliet." Fate, chance, adolescent passion, feud and their fathers are not the only causes of the tragedy. Friar Laurence is also another cause because if he never married Romeo and Juliet or gave Juliet the sleeping potion, they may not have died. The nurse knows that Juliet is in love with Romeo and so she could have stopped them from seeing each other or even told Lord Capulet. Time, is also another cause because everything in the play happens very fast. The play is only five days long. In the five days Romeo and Juliet meet, marry and die. ...read more.

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