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The prologue refers to Romeo and Juliet as 'Star - crossed lovers'. Is their death the result of cruel fate, chance or personal choice?

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The prologue refers to Romeo and Juliet as 'Star - crossed lovers'. Is their death the result of cruel fate, chance or personal choice? William Shakespeare was one of the most talented writers ever known, one of his greatest achievements, the love story 'Romeo and Juliet'. 'Romeo and Juliet' was written in the late 15th century. It was a very advanced story for it's time and still proves very popular today. Many different versions have been made and edited from the original play script. To be performed on T.V and radio. Shakespeare originally wrote 'Romeo and Juliet' for the stage in Elizabethan theatres all around London. The play was set in Verona on two so called 'star-crossed lovers' Romeo, who is from the Montague family and Juliet from and Capulet family. They fall in love at first sight. But the problem with this being the Montague and Capulet family have had a feud between one another for as long as either family could remember. Romeo and Juliet meet at a Capulet party and immediately fall for each other. They decide to get married on only their second meeting. But when people start to find out about this secret marriage between a Montague and a Capulet, problems arise. But the story ends with the biggest tragedy. Both not realising what was actually happening; Romeo and Juliet consecutively commit suicide. ...read more.

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When Friar Lawrence introduces the idea of a special potion that makes the body look lifeless for 42hours. She chooses to jump the offer, as it may be her only chance at this point of ever seeing her husband ever again. But this just causes more problems and falsely leads Romeo into choosing to join Juliet in death by going to see her in the tomb and taking the poison he had purchased of an apothecary just before he left Mantua, whilst lying next to her. Just before Romeo gets to see Juliet, Paris the man who was meant to be marrying Juliet earlier that day confronts him and the door of the tomb. Romeo is to desperate to see Juliet he chooses to murders Paris right there on the door step to Juliet's tomb and just walks straight in. By this point in the story has killed three people killed: Mercutio, Tybalt and Paris. For various reasons, but all relating in some way to personal choice. The last and defiantly most important theme that crops up throughout the whole of the play is the use of 'Fate', or 'cruel fate' as it never seams to be fate towards a high point or in the story it builds up throughout the play until the end where it seams as if Romeo and Juliet's death has been fated ever since the moment Juliet and Romeo saw one another at the Capulet's party. ...read more.

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So it draws people into the show. I felt this also when I watched the play, the use of cruel fate makes is more interesting and also enables the play to introduce weird and wonderful theories, like when Mercutio and Romeo are talking about dreams and Mercutio mentions the Queen Mab, who controls your dreams. Also it enables in this particular story the allowance of comparing Romeo and Juliet as star-crossed lovers. I just feel the story is much, much deeper that what it seems when you just read it or go and watch it on a stage. Only when you have analysed it and written about the story plots and themes, you can get a better understanding of the reasons for Romeo and Juliet's death and cruel fate in this particular occasion I feel has come out on top. The use of not such popular themes as in books I imagine makes it much more interesting to read, just because it's so much different and makes you think a lot about what is happening, it's also a gripping love story, the tragedy and romance just make it very entertaining and watch-able/legible. Also the language that Shakespeare uses is very different to the language we are used to today, so it makes it much more of an interesting read. I personally enjoyed the story thoroughly and now after looking deeper into the themes and story plot it has given me a much better understanding of the whole play. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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