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Parallels Between The Syrian Civil War And Romeo And Juliet

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Nandhini Ekambaram
Ms. Merino-Ott
English honors 9
26 February 2017
Parallels between the Syrian Civil War and Romeo and Juliet When people say history repeats itself, they are not lying. A modern conflict in today’s world can relate to the events that happened in a play written in the 1500’s. The play, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, can relate to the ongoing Syrian Civil War. In both circumstances, people not anticipating the consequences of their actions made decisions. It resulted in devastating tragedies, all started by an ancient grudge. Which forced the government to retaliate in violence against the perpetrators, involuntarily displacing innocents, and the loss of many people or requiring them to flee
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The arrangement Bashar Al-Assad, the leader of Syria, made resulted in “the 2011 revolution and accelerated the descent into civil war” (Holliday, par 8). The choice Al-Assad made to campaign by relying on his father’s counterinsurgency resulted in the outcome of starting the civil war. Al-Assad tried to follow his father’s footsteps, but lost control of Syria. Some protesters disagreed with all of Al-Assad’s decisions and rebelled against the regime. In Romeo and Juliet, the decision made by Prince Escalus also worsened the feud when Tybalt kills Mercutio and Romeo kills Tybalt. The solution the government tried to make in Syria caused more consequences to happen and exacerbate the war even more.
There were many losses of lives due to the modern conflict in Syria and in the play of Romeo and Juliet. According to CNN, since the war began in 2011, “an estimated 400,000 Syrians have been killed” (“Syrian Civil War Facts, par 9”). The many bombings, strikes, terrorist attacks, and military forces caused the loss of many innocent people. Not only is it harmful to the soldiers, but also loved ones on both sides of the conflict are in jeopardy. In the play, characters died from both families. The Capulets lost Juliet and Tybalt, while the Montagues lost Romeo and Lady Montague. In Act III, when Romeo and Mercutio had a fight with Tybalt, it caused the lives of Mercutio and Tybalt. They all lost their lives by being part of the ongoing family feud. Just like how
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