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romeo and juliet

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Explore and evaluate the key factors which contribute to the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is one of the most dramatic and influential love stories of all time. The play, written by William Shakespeare in the late sixteenth century tells a tale of 'star-crossed lovers' taking their lives to be together to death. This tragic end has many possible causes. One cause was the character Friar Lawrence, or was it the lengthy feud that caused them to die, or could Tybalts anger be another cause? Could it have even been too much speed and haste throughout the play that caused the death of Romeo and Juliet? Although Capulet wanted the best for Juliet, he didn't give a thought on how she felt and had forced her to marry Paris which had caused problems that led to the tragic end. She didn't want to marry someone who she did not love and wanted to escape this marriage. Her method of escape was death. In Act 3 Scene 4, Capulet demonstrates his power and control over his daughter, by arranging her wedding with Paris without her consent. ...read more.

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Was it just a coincidence that he dreamt this and it actually happened at the end of the play- during lines 119-120 in Act 5 Scene 3. Friar Lawrence played a big role in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. He made a number of critical errors, one of which was by thinking that both Capulet and Montague will hold peace talks if Romeo and Juliet would get married. He then agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet before he thought about the consequences of a Capulet being married to a Montague. He made a big mistake in marrying Romeo and Juliet. During Act 4 Scene 1, Friar Lawrence says to Juliet, "take thou this vial, being then in bed". Here he is explaining to Juliet the poison plan. It was his idea of Juliet's fake death and the plan went wrong when Romeo never received Friars letter and this resulted in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet which could have been avoided. It could have been avoided if Friar Lawrence had given the letter to Balthasar instead of handing it to Friar John because Balthasar is considered a friend of Romeo' and so Balthasar should have been Friar Lawrence's first choice for who will be sending the letter for Romeo. ...read more.

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During Act 2 Scene 3, Friar Lawrence is trying to warn Romeo not to rush things with Juliet but Romeo doesn't listen and rushes into marriage. Friar Lawrence said to Romeo, "So soon forsaken? Young men's love then lies, not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes". Even though Friar Lawrence said this, he got sucked up in the plan and married Romeo and Juliet. During Act 5 Scene 1 Line 60, Romeo says to Apothecary, "A dram of poison, such soon-speeding gear". Romeo is trying to say I want poison that will kill me fast and this is another example of haste in the play. Capulets decision to bring the wedding forward hurries Juliet into accepting Friar Lawrence's plan and drinking the poison, news of Juliet's 'death' sends Romeo speeding back to Verona resulting in Romeo and Juliet. In conclusion I think the main factor which contributed to the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet was Tybalts attitude. His aggressive behaviour can be seen throughout the play. At the beginning Tybalt showed aggression towards Benvolio after Benvolio attempted to keep the peace. Tybalt then wounds Mercutio which then results in his own death. Considering these points, I think Tybalt was the main cause of the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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