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The Moral of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

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The Moral of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet is one of the most well known and greatest of love stories. Shakespeare wrote this play with a didactic purpose in mind to prove that nothing good can come from revenge. This play shows how only pain and suffering can come from revenge. Shakespeare uses very powerful language to reinforce that lesson. Shakespeare brings to the attention how revenge always ends in tragedy and Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous tragedies to date. The tragedy is of the two star-crossed lovers whose destiny from the start was cursed, they both lived on opposing, sides of feuding households, The Montague's and the Capulet's. The prologue of Romeo and Juliet gives us an insight as to what is going to happen in this play. This prologue tell us of a young girl who falls in love with an older boy. The older boy is on the opposing side to her feuding family, but she has no regrets. "Deny thy father and refuse thy name. Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love and I'll no longer be a Capulet". The couple then get married in secret. But Juliet is supposed to be wed to another man, a wealthy man, the county Paris, but Juliet does not want to be married to Paris as she has already been wed to Romeo Montague. ...read more.


Mercutio is a hotheaded man and has a way with words. "Good king of cats, nothing but one of your nine lives, that I mean to make a bold withal, and as you shall use me hereafter dry-beat the rest of the eight". This is what he said to Tybalt before they fight. This fight wouldn't of happened if Romeo hadn't of gone to the Capulets party, Tybalt saw him there and his pride got the better of him. Tybalts uncle Lord Capulet had to stop him from breaking out a fight right in the middle of the party. "Now by the stock and honour of my kin, to strike him dead I hold not a sin". "Why how now my kinsmen, wherefore storm you so ". Tybalt is still furious about Romeo even daring to go to the Capulet household. He finds Mercutio and this is were the fighting begins. Benvolio say to Mercutio "By my head here comes the Capulets" and Mercutio replies "By my heel I care not"While Juliet's cousin and Romeos best friend are brawling in the streets, Romeo and Juliet are married in secret . Romeo arrives at the fight scene and tries to make-a-mends with Tybalt , but Tybalt thinks Romeo is a coward. ...read more.


Juliet's nurse seems good to her in the start but she then sees Juliet with Romeo and changes her mind and tells Juliet to marry the county Paris" I think it best you married with the county O he's a lovely gentleman, Romeo is a dishclout to him: an eagle madam. Paris thinks Romeo has come to destroy Juliet's tomb and cause havoc, "can vengeance be pursued further than death". Paris thinks Romeo has come to continue on with the feud and cause more pain to the Capulets. Romeo and Paris then fight ad Paris is slain and asks Romeo "O I am slain, if thou be merciful open the tomb, lay me with Juliet" Romeo then takes his own life and Juliet awakens and sees her love dead so kills herself with Romeos dagger. Shakespeare brings the prince to investigate the scene and he seems to sum up the whole play in the ending lines. "Where be enemies? Capulets, Montague's? See what scourge is laid upon your hate! That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love. Shakespeare has taught us through this didactic play not to seek revenge as nothing good can come from it. As shown in this play five young nobles die and a lot f the princes kinsmen during the families brawls. This play also shows us of two young lovers who fall for each other and it ends in tragedy with the two lovers dead. ...read more.

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