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'Romeo and Juliet are referred to as ‘star crossed lovers.” Fate may not be the only reason they died – others may be to blame as well.' Discuss.

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Name: Martyn Clarke Date: 21/11/01 Centre Number: 20478 Romeo and Juliet are referred to as 'star crossed lovers." Fate may not be the only reason they died - others may be to blame as well. William Shakespeare was born on 23rd April in Stratford-upon-Avon. Shakespeare as he was better known was England's greatest poet and play writer of all time. He started play writing in 1595 and produced 38 plays in his lifetime. These include titles such as Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Macbeth and A Midsummer Nights Dream. However this essay is focusing on the play of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet was one of the earliest plays produced by Shakespeare. It is the tale of a love affair between two children in rival families the Capulets and the Montagues. The two children Romeo (a Montague) and Juliet (a Capulet) met at a Capulet ball and instantly fall in love. They secretly marry in Friar Laurence's cell but their relationship is cut short when Romeo kills Tybalt in revenge for him killing his friend Mercutio. For this Romeo is banished from the streets of Verona to Manuta by the Prince Escalus. Meanwhile the Capulets have arranged for Juliet to marry Paris. However Juliet refuses to marry him and in a desperate attempt to prevent it going ahead she drinks a potion, which makes her 'dead' for 24 hours. When Romeo hears of her 'death' he rushes back to Verona to see her. When he sees her in the vault he kills himself in a bid to join her in heaven. Then when Juliet wakes up and sees Romeo dead she stabs herself with a knife so they can be joined together again. Tragedy is a main factor in the story of Romeo and Juliet. Many problems occur during the play and it seems to the audience that the problems are easy to overcome. ...read more.

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However he was the one who told Romeo to go to the ball. This quote justifies my statement. "By giving liberty unto thine eyes. Examine other beauties." This quote has a big affect on the play because if Romeo had not taken Benvolio's advice then he would have never met Juliet. Then there was Mercutio. He behaved in the same manner as Tybalt. He enjoyed getting into quarrels and saw the feud as a game. Benvolio tried to discourage him from fighting Tybalt. However Mercutio was determined to fight, Men's eyes were with you sir, here comes my man. I will not budge for no man's pleasure, I." This self-centred attitude of Mercutio eventually led to his death and Romeo's banishment form Verona. Romeo was not really a violent man and did not enjoy fighting but in revenge for Mercutio's death he killed Tybalt leading to his banishment. If he had stayed in Verona he could of carried on with the Friars plan but as he was in Mantua he did not get the message. It could be that Lord Montague and Lord Capulet were partly responsible for keeping the feud going. Their attitude towards the fighting was very negative. They could have stopped the quarrelling but both acted quite childish. They were both very selfish as they put their pride and feud between the Montagues before the people of Verona and their own family. This is one of the reasons why Juliet was so vulnerable. They could have ended the feud and Romeo and Juliet would have been free to get married. The behaviour of Lord Capulet and Lord Montague was very immature and did not send out a good example to the other family members. For example when they arrive at the fight at the start of the play they want to join in but it obvious that they are too old. They are both very foolish. These quotes show their foolishness and hatred for each other, CAPULET: What noise is this? ...read more.

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However fate did not tell Romeo to kill Tybalt. It was his anger, which caused him to get revenge. If he had not got banished then he would have been able to stay with Juliet and persuade her not to drink the deadly potion. If these events had not happened then they could probably have not died in the same fashion as they did. This brings me onto the really people to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. In the end it came down to the Family feud. Quite simply, if both families were in harmony with each other then there would have been no problem with Juliet and Romeo getting married. They would have been accepted by both families and been able to live a normal life. However this was not the case and they had to keep the marriage secret. Nevertheless it was not only Lord Capulet and Lord Montague who was to blame. Other members of each family were involved in the deaths. Tybalt was the main culprit. He provoked Romeo into killing him and therefore Romeo was banished. However the innocent Benvolio also played his part. He was the one that told Romeo to 'examine other beauties.' He encouraged him to go to the Capulets ball where he met Juliet. If he had not given him this advice then he would probably have never seen Juliet and fell in love with her. So in my opinion Benvolio however innocent his advice might have been was as much to blame as anyone else from the two families. Although I think that the family feud is mainly to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Julie nobody can be blamed entirely. It was a number of small things that contributed to their deaths not just one thing. Everyone that I have mentioned played their part. To sum up this essay I think this quote justifies the tale of Romeo and Juliet, "For never was there a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo." ...read more.

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