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What are the causes of the tragedy in "Romeo and Juliet"? What in your opinion is the main reason for the tragic outcome?

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Louise Trump Tragic love stories have been told through the ages, and are still popular today. "Romeo and Juliet" is an example of such a story, explain how the play is typical of this genre and literary tradition. What are the causes of the tragedy in "Romeo and Juliet"? What in your opinion is the main reason for the tragic outcome? Tragic love stories involve to people in love with each other and they usually end with their parting by death. Their love is normally secret and there are a number of problems that go on in the story. Romeo and Juliet is a typical tragic love story. It includes most of the main elements, which make up this genre. These are that both of them are young and so they'll be confused about love. They fall in love at first sight, "Did my heart love till now, forswear it sight, for I ne'er saw true beauty till this night"-Romeo. Here he is saying how beautiful Juliet is and saying his feelings for her. He is infatuated here. Romeo also arranges marriage at the earliest time possible. He says to Friar Lawrence - "And all combin'd, save what thou must combine by holy marriage, when and where, and how"-Romeo. He is asking Friar Lawrence to marry him and Juliet. Another element to this genre is the Family feud which Romeo and Juliet have. There is constant fighting between the Montagues and Capulets (Act one, Scene One). "Old Montague has come, and flourishes his blade in spite of me"- Lord Capulet. ...read more.

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Lady Capulet wishes that Juliet was dead, which shows that she is not a loving and caring parent, "I would the fool were married to her grave"- Lady Capulet. Here, she is saying that she wants Juliet dead, just because she refuses to marry Paris. This is a bit harsh and no one should wish his or her children dead. This shows her bitterness. She doesn't wish to help Juliet when she asks for it either, "Talk not to me, for I'll not speak a word, do as thou wilt for I have done with thee"- Lady Capulet. She is very bitter here and is ignoring her daughter and refuses to help her, which is a cruel thing to do. Lady Capulet doesn't feel comfortable talking alone with Juliet, as she has to call back the nurse to avoid embarrassment, "Nurse give leave awhile, we must talk in secret. Nurse come back again"- Lady Capulet. This shows how distant Lady Capulet is from Juliet and never really talks to her, and gets embarrassed when she has to. She probably deep down does love and care about Juliet, because she exaggeratedly grieved over her death, "O me, O me, my child, my only life"- Lady Capulet. "Alack the day, she's dead, she's dead, she's dead"-Lady Capulet. She could be feeling sorry for herself though, that her only daughter has died and she can't have another. Lord Capulet verbally abuses and threatens Juliet because she wouldn't marry Paris, "I'll give you to my friend, and you be not, hang, beg, starve, die on the streets"- Lord Capulet. This isn't very nice language to use on your children and Juliet was probably frightened. ...read more.

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When Balthasar replies with a negative answer, Romeo thinks that Juliet is actually dead. The plan has gone wrong, and Romeo buys a poison to kill himself with, "Let me have a dram of poison"- Romeo. He wants a strong poison to kill him. Then Romeo goes to visit Juliet at Capel's monument and drinks the poison. Juliet wakes up seconds after he drank it and she stabs herself. In my opinion, Juliet was given the wrong advice from Friar Lawrence. It was a very complicated plan and would have been difficult to carry out correctly, as you can see from the result from it. Their love also caused themselves grief. Tybalt killed Romeo's best friend in a fight, and Romeo killed Juliet's cousin Tybalt. It would have been very hard for Romeo and Juliet to actually stay together. It would have been nearly impossible for them to keep it secret. They would have probably been found out. They couldn't stay together in secrecy easily either, with all the complications. If they came out in the open with their love, it probably would be hard because their families are fighting, or it could bring the two families together. Their deaths bought the two families together in the end anyway, "Doth with their death bury their parent's strife"- Prologue. I think the main reason for the tragic outcome, is the family feud. They hated each other so much and that prevented Romeo and Juliet from saying anything to their families. They were constantly fighting and were always at each other's throats. If the two families weren't at war with each other, Romeo and Juliet would probably have been accepted together. ...read more.

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