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Romeo and Juliet

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ROMEO AND JULIET In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the older characters are shown to be cynical and controlling. This control is most evident when Juliet's father gives her hand in marriage to Paris the governor's son, against her wishes. Shakespeare portrays youth more favourably. This is shown by the fun loving Mercutio the most, he loved life and wished the people closest to him to have nothing but fun. The feud has no point in the world of fair Verona and is carried on by the parents of Romeo and Juliet, each teaching their children to hate. The Montague's and Capulet's are fools to carry on with the feud, even the Prince is fed up with it saying "If ever you disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay forfeit..." was his proclamation after the first fight. Juliet's nurse is a very cynical old woman. She wants Juliet to be happy, but she doesn't approve of Romeo. She shows loyalty to Juliet and not her parents when she helped to set up the marriage with Romeo, and was carrying messages between the two young lovers. ...read more.


He ragged Juliet about and her mother was given a slap. When Juliet asked her mother for help she said "Say what thou wilt, for I have done with thee." Romeo's parents are not as bad but still were concerned about his lifestyle. In the end they all realised how wrong they were to hate each other and to expect the young to carry on the feud. The younger people in this are so much more active than the older people. Benvolio, Romeos cousin, offered peace to Tybalt at the first fray. He was sensitive toward Romeo when he was upset, "I weep at thy good hearts transgression." He was a good friend to Romeo. Mercutio was full of life and just wanted fun for himself and everyone around him, "gentle Romeo we must have you to dance", But when Romeo refused, Mercutio lost his temper and went into a speech about Queen Mab, the fairy midwife. When Tybalt at Sycamore Grove attacked Romeo, Mercutio attacked Tybalt to protect Romeo and was killed. ...read more.


When her father tried to give her hand in marriage she defied him by telling him that she would rather die than marry Paris. When Juliet asked the priest for help he gave her a potion to make her falsely appear dead, but failed to get word to Romeo in time. When Romeo came back to Verona after being exiled it was because he had heard of Juliet's death. When he found her the potion still had not worn off, so he thought her to be dead. He took his own life with a poison strong enough to kill twenty men. Just before he died Juliet awoke and found Romeo to be dying and kissed him to try and get poison from his lips. There was none left and with that Romeo said "Thus with a kiss I die." And he did. In the epilogue the Prince said "Capulet! Montague! See what a scourge is laid upon your hate that heaven finds means to kill your joys with love." In conclusion I think that the younger people in Romeo and Juliet are not as much to blame for the star cross'd lovers deaths as the older more oppressive parents, the meddling Nurse and the deceitful Friar. ...read more.

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