William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

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The concept of love and marriage were extremely different in Elizabethan England than they are today. In Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare there are many examples of this concept. In this story, two families, the Montagues, and Capulets have been feuding for many generations. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet defied their societal rules and fell in love. This toxic relationship turned out to be the cause of many tragedies, including their own suicides. Romeo and Juliet are so in love, that they are both willing to kill themselves to finally be together. Although many people believe fate is responsible for this tragedy, that is not the case. In Romeo and Juliet, fate is not responsible for the tragedy at the end of the story, but the free will of both Romeo and of Juliet is to blame for the deaths of many characters including their own. Juliet Capulet is supposed to marry Paris, due to their society pressuring young girls to get married at a young age, in order to show a hierarchy. Despite this marriage, Juliet falls in love with with the family rival, Romeo Montague, at a masquerade party. The free will Juliet possess has many consequences, including convincing Friar Laurence to marry her and Romeo, kissing Romeo on the balcony, and swallowing the sleeping potion. All of the choices Juliet made are her own, and she chooses them all on based on her free will. One example of Juliet 's free will is mentioned in the first scene when Romeo met Juliet on
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