The Deaths of Romeo and Juliet Essay

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The Deaths of Romeo and Juliet

"Romeo and Juliet" is a tragic love story set in Verona, Italy in the late 1500s. It is a moving tale of two young people, Romeo and Juliet, who fall in love. The displeasure and anger of their feuding families, the Montagues and the Capulets, who are long time enemies, however, complicate their love. The feud between the households, underlines the entire tragedy, and in my opinion it is one of the most responsible reasons for Romeo and Juliet's deaths.

The play starts with a Prologue, which is an opening to the play. It was normal for plays written in this time to start with one. It gave the audience a brief summary of what was going to happen in the play. In
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The feud was the setting of the tragedy. Without it, Romeo and Juliet would never have had to keep their marriage and love a secret. This is shown in the opening of the Prologue,

"The fearful passage of their death mark'd love,

And the continuous of their parents' rage,

Which, but their children's' end nough could remove".

The feud aggravated characters such as Mercutio and Tybalt to express anger towards their enemies, which ended in fights that ended in fatalities. When Tybalt saw Romeo at the party, he immediately wanted to kill him, and didn't stop to think that Romeo wasn't doing anything wrong. When Tybalt confronted Romeo, all Romeo wanted was peace. In his mind Romeo was a Montague and a Montague is and enemy. Tybalt wanted to kill Romeo because he thought it was disrespectful for Romeo and his friends to turn up to the Capulet's ball uninvited and not welcome. He sees this as the only way to seek revenge after; Romeo has humiliated his family by arriving at the rival family's ball.

If the feud had not existed, then Tybalt would have had no reason to confront Romeo and to kill him. Hence, not starting a chain of events to lead to Romeo and Juliet's deaths.

Friar Lawrence is a teacher and an advisor most notably to Romeo who the Friar refers to as a pupil, "For doting, not for loving, pupil mine". After the night of Romeo and Juliet's first meeting, Romeo