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Romeo and Juliet Essay

        Many people agree that the feuding society of Verona is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. However, it is also true that there are other reasons which contribute to the tragic outcome of the play. As well as these reasons, Shakespeare’s use of language and the variety of styles that are used throughout the play impact on the audience and hint at the tragic ending.

        The feud is the obvious reason why Romeo and Juliet could not be together. It is what many people consider to be the reason for their deaths. The feud is responsible for their deaths in the way that it is the reason that they have to keep their love a secret. It is also a reason for their deaths in the way that it is the feud that leads to Romeo’s banishment – a cause of the deaths.

        It becomes apparent in the prologue that feuding is an important part of the Verona society. The prologue tells of an “ancient grudge break to new mutiny” this depicts a divided society in which feuding is very important. This is the first image that the audience has of Verona and will influence how they think about the rest of the play.

        The very first scene of the play shows the feuding; this is another sign of how important feuding was in Verona. When Tybalt says, “Peace? I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montagues and thee” this suggests how important the feud was in the Verona society. It also suggests how much passion there was involved with the feud, because people like Tybalt had grown up with the feud and it is a way of life.

        Similarly, later in the play, when Tybalt talks about Romeo’s presence at the Capulet ball, he says “by the stock and honour of my kin, to strike him dead I hold it not a sin.” This is significant because it typifies what all the feuding and violence in Verona was about, that is, loyalty to family and honour.

        Another important moment in  the play is when Romeo and Juliet find out each others identity. When Romeo finds out that Juliet is a Capulet, he says, “Is she a Capulet? O dear account! My life is my foe’s debt” this suggests how terrible Romeo felt about discovering that everything that he had been taught to hate was the thing that he loved. In just the same way, when Juliet finds out that Romeo is a Montague, she says, “My only love sprung from my only hate!” this suggests similar feelings.

        However, the feud is not the only reason for the tragic outcome of the play. The patriarchal society of Verona was also to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. The most important example of this is that Capulet arranges for Paris to marry Juliet – another reason that Romeo and Juliet had to hide their love.

        Early on in the play, Capulet speaks about and arranges Juliet’s marriage to Paris. He says, “Let two more summers wither in their pride, ere we may think her ripe to be a bride” this shows how little independence women in the Verona society had.

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        Later on in the play, when Juliet rebels against Capulet’s choice he is outraged, and he says “Speak not, reply not, do not answer me!” this once again emphasises the lack of choice that the women of Verona had. It also shows how aggressive Capulet became very quickly, suggesting that men in Verona wanted power over whatever they owned.

        Another result of the male dominance of Verona is the attitudes of the young men. There is much boasting between the young men; whose attitudes towards love, is that they see it as a brutal conquest, not an equal relationship between ...

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