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Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was popular in his own time because the story was one that audiences were already familiar with. The play contains fights, romance, parties and comedy.

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Romeo And Juliet Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was popular in his own time because the story was one that audiences were already familiar with. The play contains fights, romance, parties and comedy. The quality of the language also made Romeo and Juliet so popular. The romantic male lead and the story line of teenagers being prevented from seeing each other by parents makes Romeo and Juliet still popular today. Shakespeare's plays were notable fertile themes, which were evident throughout. In Romeo and Juliet we are introduced to several, one of which is love and hate. Throughout the play there is overflowing passions i.e. in act1 scene 1 when Romeo realises that his love for Roasaline is artificial. Another theme in the play is light and darkness. Light and darkness is mentioned in the play when Romeo welcomes the darkness as he's afraid of the sun. Also it me plays a big part in the play as Juliet needs time to pass by quickly and Romeo feels time is going too slowly. Fate and free will are clearly a strong theme in this play. We are introduced fate right at the beginning in the prologue as its fate that Tybalt arrives and makes the situation worse. ...read more.

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This supports the idea of Romeo taking the poison. Romeo then says his last words 'here's to my love. Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die'. Juliet then wakes up and finds that Romeo is dead so she decides to kill herself as she doesn't think she could cope without him. The sentence that supports this is 'happily some poison there must let me die'. The very end of the play ends up with fate playing a major part the families become friends after all the tragedy. This is fate as none of the killings should have happened for them to become friends. When considering fate as a theme it is necessary to establish the character of those it influences. Romeo sees himself as a conventional lover. He doesn't realise that his love with Roasline is artificial. During act 1 the impression that he is in love with himself is shown. His love with Roasline is never really as Romeo doesn't experience real love only physical perfection. Romeo falls victim to love at first sight and he then experiences real love but with Juliet. During the middle of the play Romeo deliberately decides to defy fate and take own path, which ends up being the wrong choice to make as he kills himself for something that wasn't real. ...read more.

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Juliet wakes up, realises Romeo is dead and kills herself. Another part of the structure which determines the importance of fate and free will is Juliet's isolation. Her mother abandons her, her father threatens to abandon her and then the last person she can look upon tells her to marry Paris. In conclusion, I think that free will is more influential in the Play as if the fight in Act 1, Scene 1 hadn't have happened, then there would be no story of Romeo and Juliet. Tybalt is killed in this fight which later leads to Juliet's anger. Romeo dies which later leads to Juliet dying. After this, it brings the Capulet's and Montague's. I also think that fate is just as influential in the Play. I think this because the whole ending was dependent upon the letter that the Friar sent to Romeo, hoping it would reach him. He never received the letter which leads to him seeing Juliet for the last time. As Romeo kills himself Juliet awakes and kills herself because of the love between them. If none of this had happened then there would have been no chain of events. The banishment and the death of Tybalt leads to the death of Romeo and Juliet. Daniel Barsley ...read more.

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