William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

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Monumental Texts (An Analysis of the Three Most Important Texts Studied This Semester) Literature affects every aspect of our lives. The great, classic writers teach timeless, valuable life skills. Shakespeare was the greatest writer of all time. His writings mainly consisted of dramas and sonnets. Romeo and Juliet, as well as, A MIdsummer Night’s Dream were written about the same time period. He was able to inter relate everything that wrote. For example, the tale of Pyramus and Thisbe could possibly be an advertisement for Romeo and Juliet. The basic structure of the two dramas is the same; two forbidden lovers meet and swear to run away and be together, but in the end they both die by their own hand, due to their star crossed fates.…show more content…
One of the most paramount works of literature is Romeo and Juliet. This text is influential to everything Shakespeare has written. William Shakespeare coined many popular terms such as, “star crossed lovers”. This means two lovers have a tragic fate beyond their control, their fate is in the stars. In the late 1500s the future was predicted using astronomy and the stars were considered to be the base of all knowledge. Shakespeare also designated, “Falling in love”. This is an oxymoron, falling is something negative that is usually painful while love is worth rejoicing over. This play is the source of the most references to shakespeare. Through this wonderful piece of literature one can learn from the mistakes of the families and the lovers. This whole play is one rash decision made after another. When one is rash then there is no consideration of the possible consequences of an action. The relationship between Romeo and Juliet escalated to marriage quickly without thought. Not only were they from enemy households, but there was no choice in who one married. Weddings were alliances for power, and children were the trading pieces. This was the first of many decisions that ultimately lead to the couple’s destruction. Right after Romeo and Juliet were formally married fiery Tybalt accidentally killed Mercutio. Romeo then slaughtered Tybalt out of rage at
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