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Romeo and Juliet

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Tom Mooney January/February 2009 10W2 GCSE English/English Literature Including 'Literary Tradition Shakespeare Text - "Romeo and Juliet" Explore how male domination contributes to the tragedy of "Romeo and Juliet" A tragedy is an event which causes great destruction of suffering, also it is a type of drama which the action and language are elevated which the ending usually sad especially involving the fall of a great man, this normally is known as a shocking or sad event. a personal tragedy is a close person or living thing that dies where a literary tragedy is a written tragedy like a novel or a story. A Shakespearian tragedy play normally starts off happy and gets sad and negative at the end, A good example is when a protagonist usually the man of importance and outstanding qualities falls to disaster through the combination of a personal failing and circumstances with which he cannot deal. Other tragedy plays by Shakespeare include ; Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, king Lear, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra. Romeo and Juliet is one of the most well known plays and it has been performed countless of times as it is about love, luck and chance of everything going wrong. ...read more.

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He also feels that Romeo is there to ruin the party and dishonour Tybalt's family. When lord Capulet prevents Tybalt from taking violent action of Romeo and tells him to be patient and wait, but as we know that his character does not wait and cannot be patient so when he is watching Romeo dance with Juliet he swears " I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall, now seeming sweet, convert to bitterest gall." Which as another rhyming couplet he is saying he will take revenge on Romeo when the time is right. This is a major example of why the feud between the families has kept going on for so long as both families cant stay out of each others ways and their only decision involves violence with carries it on for many years. When Tybalt is looking for Romeo he comes across Mercutio, he shows the typical male behaviour as he is constantly trying to mock and fight with Tybalt. Tybalt does not want to fight Mercutio but only with Romeo as he insulted and dishonoured his family, Mercutio feels the right to stand up for Romeo as one of his most loyal friends but he is another stereotypical male where he does not think and only resolves things with violence. ...read more.

Conclusion

So when Juliet refuses to marry Paris who is a relative of the Price and is very wealthy, Lord Capulet can believe it as she is being dishonourable and disobedient which insults him. He reacts to this by lashing out in an outrage and threatening Juliet that she will be disowned by his family. To conclude about how male domination contributed to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, I believe that because of the long feud and violence between the two families, this prevented Romeo and Juliet from having a real relationship because they had to keep it secret from both families. Also because of the male dominance and that Juliet's Father was trying to force Juliet to marry Paris then this compelled her to fake her death so that she could finally run away and be free with Romeo. In addition because of the male superiors always creating or wanting to fight, this was a bad upbringing for both Romeo and Juliet so there whole life was to hate the other family which is another factor which would of cause these catastrophic events. ...read more.

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