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The tragic death of Romeo and Juliet.

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Introduction

"Romeo and Juliet" was written by Shakespeare in 1595, and was the first tragedy Shakespeare wrote. The inspiration for this play was a poem called "The Tragicall historye of Romeus and Juliet". "Romeo and Juliet" is not a typical tragedy because it ends, not in death but with reconciliation as the Capulets and Montagues become friends and love triumphs. "Romeo and Juliet" is about two families both as proud as each other, living in Verona. An old quarrel turns into violence in which everyone is involved. From the feud come two ill fated lovers. Their love leads to their untimely deaths. Parents lose their only children and make peace for the memories of the woeful tale of Juliet and her Romeo. This is explained in the prologue. The prologue comments on the events of the play; it gives facts on the feud and the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. The ending is revealed so the audience may judge characters and events in the light of the finial tragedy. The prologue emphasizes that the lovers are ill-fated and their love is "death-marked" and they are born by "fatal loins" There are many factors involved in the death of the two lovers, but I think the main reason is fate. ...read more.

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Instead of saying it will not work. Romeos immaturity gets him into trouble. He thinks he is in love with Rosaline, and locks himself in his bedroom because he can not be with her. His shows he is not sure about himself, and he does not know how to tell people how he feels. I1 lines 132-134 "And private in his chamber pens himself Shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out, And makes himself an artificial night:" In I1 Romeo talks about love and hate mixing together, so nothing is certain anymore. Romeo's emotional confusion leads him to use oxymorons, which is phrases made up of opposites. These representations of Romeo's confusion are shown throughout the play. Verona is chaotic because of the two families, so Romeo is confused because his feelings are in disorder. Line 174: "Feather of lead, bright smoke, coke fire, sick health" His weakness is that his heart rules his head. He does not want to kill Tybalt because he is Juliet's cousin, but when Tybalt kills Mercutio, Romeos anger lends him to kill Tybalt. Friar Lawrence lets Romeo and Juliet marry even though he knows the two families are enemies, but he thinks it will stop the feud. ...read more.

Conclusion

II3 line 94 "Wisely and slow, they stumble that run fast." The friar thinks their love is two strong and will end badly. II6 lines 9-11. "These violent delights have violent ends, And in their triumph die like fire and power, Which as they kiss consume" At the end of III5 Juliet decides to see Friar Lawrence to get help or to kill herself. Their love is so strong they are prepared to die for each other. Lines 241-242: "I'll to the friar to know his remedy; If all else fail, myself have power to die" The last factor is the feud. The feud is long standing and increases Romeo and Juliet's isolation. It also makes the couplet make rash decisions without thinking it through. The secrets from Juliet's parents means Juliet can not talk about her marriage to Romeo so make a plan, which leads to her death. I believe that the factor most responsible for the tragic death of Romeo and Juliet is fate. This is because if it was not for fate, Romeo and Juliet would not have met in the first place. From the very start Romeo and Juliet are described as fated for disaster. The overall structure of the play produces a feeling of predictability about the ending. Romeo and Juliet can never escape because, just when things are going well, new disaster strikes. ...read more.

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