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.
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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…