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Why did Romeo and Juliet die? Consider the major factors which may have played at in their death and comment on which you think is the most significant.

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Why did Romeo and Juliet die? Consider the major factors which may have played at in their death and comment on which you think is the most significant. "From forth the fatal loins of these to foes A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life; Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Doth with their death bury their parent's strife." From the opening scenes of the play it is made clear that these two children of the feuding families were destined to fall in love and eventually die together, but was it the actions of their friends that brought about their deaths or could it be that their deaths were just inevitable? Most people choose to believe that they have a sense of responsibility and can control their own lives; they suppose that their problems are caused by their own actions or by those influencing them. In my opinion though, Romeo and Juliet had no control what so ever, fate brought them together - their lives were already mapped out for them and there was nothing to impair this. Romeo and Juliet could not have avoided coming in contact with each other, they were brought together by uncontrollable circumstances (fate). There were many events that conspired against Romeo and Juliet, for example the family feud. The brawl in Act 1 Scene 1 is ceased by Prince Escales who said "If you ever disturb our streets again, Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace." ...read more.

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Surely they knew deep down that their love was bound to end in tragedy but they were to afraid to talk about the consequences that their love could cause. Personally I believe in love at first sight but Romeo and Juliet rushed into marriage without knowing whether the feelings that they were experiencing were true or lasting. I think that in a way they did love each other, their love appeared to be unconditional because they would rather die than lose each other. Romeo and Juliet did love each other, their love contrasts with the hate of the feud. In Act1 Scene1 Romeo thought that he was in love with Rosaline but that was just a mere infatuation with her beauty not Rosaline herself, but when he spies Juliet for the first time he says: "Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." This shows that Romeo's emotions are not deep: he is quickly moved to another girl or infatuation, Juliet's beauty shows his fickle nature. Although I think that Romeo does love Juliet I do not think that his feelings are a strong as he makes out. Their first meeting is heavy with religious imagery, "If I profane with my unworthtiest hand This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this, My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss." ...read more.

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"In one respect I'll thy assistant be. For this alliance may so happy prove, To turn your households' rancour to pure love." Friar Lawrence and the Nurse both act as instruments of fate. Juliet's parents, Lord and Lady Capulet changed the course of the play by being so persistent and self-obsessed, they do love Juliet in their own way but they care more about status and money than they do about their own daughter. If Capulet had not agreed to the marriage of Paris and his daughter, Juliet would never have been forced to take such drastic actions that lead to her and Romeo's deaths. So why did Romeo and Juliet die? Was it down to chance, no. Adolescent passion, slightly. The feud, partly. The actions of the Nurse, Friar Lawrence and the Capulet's are mainly to blame. In my opinion though, the soul contributor to the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet's death was fate. Nowadays, most people do not have much time for the theory of fate. They like to think that they can control their own destiny. But what if all our actions are already planned out, and no matter what we do the ultimate consequence will be the same? Some people argue that Shakespeare wanted us to believe this was the case with Romeo and Juliet. "For there was never a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo." Natalie Moore Mrs Rampley Romeo and Juliet ...read more.

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