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Romeo and Juliet.

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Romeo and Juliet 'Romeo and Juliet' belongs to the romantic comedy genre. In the play, there is a series of accidents; which ultimately leads to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. The play is constructed in a simple and straightforward manner. After Act 1, the play focuses entirely on the love of Romeo and Juliet. Everything is completed in five days, which provides tremendous dramatic concentration. At the beginning of the play, Romeo is 'in love' with Rosaline. When the Capulets hold a party, Romeo gate-crashes with his friends because he knows Rosaline will be there. However, once at the party, he spots Juliet and it's love at first sight for the both of them. They each discover that the other is their rival, and despite this, they exchange love vows and marry the next day. After their marriage, Romeo goes to make peace with Tybalt, Juliet's cousin, but it turns into another brawl. Tybalt ends up killing Mercutio, and Romeo retalliates and kills Tybalt. Romeo is then banished from Verona. Meanwhile, Lord and Lady Capulet have decided that their daughter is to marry Paris, a noble kinsman. ...read more.


Both of them embrace the revenge code that rules the relationship between the two rival families. Now I am going to look at the roles played by the individual characters, particularly Romeo and Juliet, and their fathers. Romeo is desperately in need of romantic involvement - this is evident from his swing from one love interest to the other. He is a genuinely emotional person, perhaps misunderstood by his family and friends. However it is clear in the play that he is temperamental and prone to violent outbursts. He is hasty in his actions and often displays a lack of self-control. At first, Juliet appears to be a charming, obedient and dutiful daughter but it is important for us to realise that she has led a conventional and sheltered family life. Once she falls in love, however, with Romeo she becomes passionate and stubborn. Being more practical than Romeo, Juliet develops into truly determined individual. It is imperative that we consider whether she was selfish in her pursuit of her own desires and her rejection of her family. However it is the fault of her own family also because it is their duty to accept Juliet for who she is. ...read more.


Romeo has a premonition of misfortune before he even sets eyes on Juliet, and when Juliet sees Romeo in the night she believes him to be a dead man in a tomb. Even Friar Lawrence warms the pair: 'These violent delights have violent ends, and in their triumph die.' The two lovers met by coincidence, and this follows throughout the course of the play. It could also be mentioned that it was only fate that Juliet was exposed to such patriarchy. From this I conclude that a lot of blame can be laid on fate and coincidence. I don't think that the blame can be laid upon neither Tybalt nor Mercutio; I believe that the goings-on between these two characters were merely a side-plot in the play. Certainly without the fight between these two characters, Romeo would never have been banished, but the fight portrays deep-set issues between the two families. These issues are more likely to be the cause of the tragedy rather than the fight itself. More blame should be set upon the two families themselves. Had the families been more tolerant of their child's wishes, and of the other family, the play would not have turned out as it has. Blame can also be laid upon the lovers themselves and their - particularly Romeo's - haste throughout the play. ...read more.

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