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What evidence is there in the first part of the play

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What evidence is there in the first part of the play "Romeo and Juliet" that suggests it's going to end in disaster. This essay will develop some important points, which may suggest why the play "Romeo and Juliet" is heading for disaster. The play begins with a fight between a group of the "Capulets" and "Montagues". The two families have bitterly despised each other over generations and consequently they are constantly stirring up trouble. At last the Prince issues an ultimatum stating, "If ever you disturb our streets again" "Your lives will pay the forfeit of the peace". This means that if there were any more trouble someone would pay with his or her life. Therefore, the very first part of the play informs the reader that violence and hate are significant in the book. Tybalt is a traditional "Capulet", he loves to pick a fight with his enemy, the Montagues, and he is not afraid to kill. ...read more.

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He gives her a "vial" to fake her own death to her family. He is prepared to sadden to the Capulets for Juliet's benefit. The Friar plays a very important role in this play. Juliet considers Romeo her own, she says, "Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo". This shows her passion for Romeo. She proves her love for Romeo when she refuses to marry Paris. She risks being rejected from her family and home just to be with him. She, just like Romeo was smitten at first sight for she said, "Go ask his name. If he be married my grave is like to be my wedding bed", meaning that if he was married she might never marry. Juliet is also a very strong character for she has the nerve to leave her family. Romeo, the main character in this play is desperately in love. This is revealed for as soon as he sees Juliet he is besotted. ...read more.

Conclusion

"Haste" is also a major issue in the first sections of this play. Romeo rushes into nearly everything he does. He falls in love with Juliet and forgets Rosaline in a matter of seconds. He tries to kill himself when he is banished, because he hasn't thought the situation through enough and thinks that life is not worth living when he isn't close to Juliet. He also kills Tybalt without even realising what he is doing. Friar Lawrence also acts in haste. He marries Romeo and Juliet even though he knows their relationship could come to a violent end. The Friar also devised a plan for Juliet to escape from her family. He didn't think it through enough and therefore it failed. Once again Capulet, Juliet's father tries to marry her to Paris extremely hastily. When Juliet exclaims, "Paris will not make me a joyful bride, I will not marry yet" Capulet gets very angry. He has obviously rushed into it to quickly. These are some of the points that indicate why the play "Romeo and Juliet" is heading towards tragedy right from the beginning. Stuart Milne 3A ...read more.

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