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Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, written in 1595.

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Romeo and Juliet By Rafika Saidani Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, written in 1595. The story itself was not anything new or different, but the way Shakespeare wrote the story made it popular. The language that he used to communicate their love for each other was written so poetically. For example, in Act 2, Scene 2, Romeo says, "But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun." Even when Romeo is about to kill himself (Act 5, Scene 3), Shakespeare makes the scene beautiful. Romeo talks to his wife, whom he believes is dead: Death, that hath 'd the honey of thy breath, Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty: Thou art not conquer'd; beauty's ensign yet Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks, And death's pale flag is not advanced there. Romeo and Juliet is a play about love and passion between two young people. It is also about the fate of the two "star-crossed lovers," who eventually take their own lives because of misunderstandings. You could say that Romeo and Juliet had just too much bad luck and the play leaves you thinking "if only..." If only the messenger had delivered the letter, if only Juliet had woken up sooner ... there are so many unfortunate chances in the play. The entire play takes place in less than a week. While reading the play, it would be helpful to create a timeline of events. A list of characters would also be helpful. The Nurse and Mercutio are two delightful characters that add to the play. The Nurse is a comic character who cracks jokes and always adds her lusty comments. ...read more.

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Wednesday morning, the Nurse finds her dead and a funeral is planned. Juliet's and the Friar's plot should work, but the message sent to Romeo about the plan never reaches him. Instead, Romeo's messenger Balthasar tells Romeo that Juliet is dead. Romeo, determined not to believe that his love is dead until he has seen it with his own eyes, rides off to Verona. But before arriving there, he stops by an apothecary to buy poison. If the news is true, he will commit suicide. Romeo enters the burial vault of the Capulets to take one last look at Juliet. Upon entering, he confronts Paris, who thinks that Romeo has come to desecrate the tombs. Paris is killed and lain next to Juliet, as is his last wish. After Romeo delivers a monologue on the infinite beauty of Juliet, he drinks his poison and dies. The Friar arrives just a minute too late, finding both Romeo and Paris dead. Juliet awakens, looking for her Romeo. Seeing him dead on the ground, she tries to drink some of his poison but the vial is empty. Juliet takes out her dagger and stabs herself. The two star-crossed lovers had to give their life in order for their families to end their fighting. Romeo and Juliet ends with these words: For never was a story of more woe (sorrow) Than this of Juliet and her Romeo. Characters Romeo- He is the only child of the Montagues. Romeo is quiet and mourning about his love for Rosaline in the beginning. After discovering Juliet, he becomes more vibrant and passionate. He is willing to do anything, including die, in order to be with his love. ...read more.

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Hatred never leads up to any good. Shakespeare tells us that it is senseless in fighting with someone just for the sake of fighting. This is an everlasting lesson. Theme 3- FATE Romeo and Juliet were "star-crossed lovers," as the prologue at the start of the play indicated. They had fate against them. In that time, people were very wary of what the stars said. If two people's stars were crossed in the sky, they would never remain together. Obviously, Romeo and Juliet didn't live happily ever after, as their death in the end showed. But there were many unfortunate happenings that led up to their death. Fate was not on their side. First of all, Romeo only met Juliet by chance. Only because the Capulet servant was blind and unable to read the list of guests, Romeo was allowed into the ball. By unfortunate chance, Romeo and Juliet fell in love before they realized that they were from opposing families. After Romeo and Juliet's marriage, Romeo did not want to fight Tybalt. But because Tybalt killed Mercutio, Romeo demanded revenge. Things still might have worked out between the two lovers. After enough time passed, Romeo and Juliet could tell their families what happened and Romeo could return to Verona. But, Juliet's parents want her to marry Paris. The Friar concocts another plan. He gives Juliet a drug that will make her appear dead for 42 hours. However, fate is not on their side again. The letter sent by the Friar never reaches Romeo because of a quarantine. The Friar arrives too late to stop Romeo from killing himself. Juliet awakes only minutes after Romeo has died. The list is long, illustrating the power of fate in the case of Romeo and Juliet. Do we believe in fate today? Or do things happen because we cause them to? Some people believe that it is a combination of the two. ...read more.

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