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Romeo and Juliet - "You always hurt the ones you love".

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"You always hurt the ones you love" By Zo� Murray In this essay I will be writing about a play written by William Shakespeare in 1595 called 'Romeo and Juliet'. Shakespeare was a sought-after writer and was born at Stratford-Upon-Avon in April 1564. Shakespeare was a prosperous man and was very well educated. He lived in London as a dramatist, actor and poet. He had written many plays and poems before Romeo and Juliet including: 'Henry VI' and 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona'. Romeo and Juliet wasn't an original idea because Shakespeare had used a poem by Arthur Brooke called 'The Tragic History of Romeus and Juliet' as his inspiration. I think the play has remained so popular due to all the further adaptations of the play like the novel 'Across The Barricades' by Joan Linguard, also there have been films made based on the play by directors such as Franco Zeffirelis version in 1968 and Barry Luhram's in 1997. There are many different themes in this play, which I believe are the basis of its appeal. The themes consist of romance, action, fate, fighting, drama and countless more. There are also scenes upon scenes of soliloquies, which enable the play to have dramatic irony as the different characters think out loud. I am aiming to show that there are many characters in this play that end up hurting their loved ones. ...read more.


Furthermore, he is not only a confidant to the misguided youth but Friar Laurence has a duty to maintain towards all the people of Verona. He is their priest and their role model. But underneath his ceremonial garments he is a man, someone with opinions, desires and fears. I believe that this is what William Shakespeare tried to convey to the audience when he wrote 'Romeo and Juliet', that a priest who has strong and important hold over the community will have to fight to prevent a conflict of interests. In the city of Verona there is a political feud between the two families, the Montagues, Romeo's family and the Capulets, Juliet's family. This becomes very important later in the play as it drives the Friar to the extremes that he does. As the audience we have to presume that the Friar would not like to see anger and hatred in his community and he may have seen his position in the church as a way to stop what was happening. The Friar's involvement hurts Romeo and Juliet because Romeo doesn't receive the Friar's letter and thinks Juliet is dead, making Romeo commit suicide then Juliet does this too. The Friar then leaves Lord Capulet without a daughter and Lord Montague without a son adding to his sorrow as Lady Montague died of a broken heart at the news that her son was banished. ...read more.


They were doomed from the beginning. This play constantly relates to the Elizabethan way of life. When The Elizabethan audience see this I think that they would have blamed it all on Romeo and Juliet as they agreed with the way their parents treated them and would have agreed with the way the Capulet and Montague families treated their children. Especially the way Lord Capulet treated his daughter when she refused to marry Paris. The play fits in perfectly with the Elizabethan way of life and their attitude towards their family and parent-child relationships. I think that the Elizabethan audience would have agreed with Lord Capulet threatening his daughter seen as though she had disobeyed him. The Elizabethan's may share the same view as me and feel that it was fate that tied them together and they died together out of pure love for one another, and that it may be the moral message at the ending of the play. In conclusion to my essay I can say that Friar Laurence was one individual to blame due to all his meddling and also Tybalt for killing Mercutio meaning Romeo getting banished from Verona for vengeance. It all boils down to the fact that the two houses have too much love of family honour but they all reconcile at the end when Lord Capulet offers his hand to Lord Montague: "O brother Montague, Give me thy hand..." (Act five, Scene three) Only till the Death of their children do they realise just how petty these civil brawls really were. ...read more.

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