Romeo And Juliet Literary Analysis

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When people hear of Romeo and Juliet most think about a tragic love story of two young people who died because they could not bear being without one another, but how did that tragedy come about? Romeo and Juliet meet at a party one night and immediately fall in love. They soon find out they are from families that greatly despise one another and know that they should not be together but they are already too far fallen for one another. Romeo and Juliet's parents were bad influences on their kids because of their refusal to end a long lasting feud, teaching hate towards the opposing family and pushing their kids to do things against their will.
To begin, Romeo and Juliet introduces us to a long lasting feud carried through many generations and brought upon two families children. “Two households, both alike in dignity / In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, / From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, / Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean” (Shakespeare Prologue.1-4). This feud the Capulets and Montagues have not only affected their children but the citizens of Verona. For instance when two relatives of the Montagues and Capulets start fighting against one another, the citizens start fighting against them and soon everyone is pulling out swords someone, such as the Prince, comes to break up the quarrel in the city. Therefore, if the Capulets and Montagues were not openly fighting in the street there would be no reason for citizens to get riled up. To sum it up, many injuries could be prevented if the families just dropped all grudges against each other and strived for peace within the cities walls.

Carried over from the long-lasting feud comes the negative feeling the Montagues and Capulets have towards each other personally which causes not only their kids, but also relatives of the families to despise each other. As a result of the parents hatred the Montagues and Capulets children never grew up together so they hold thoughtless grudges against one another. “Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe, / A villain that is hither come in spite / To scorn at our solemnity this night” (Shakespeare 1.5.59-61). This quote refers to when Romeo had gone to a party the Capulets were hosting just to have a good time with his friends and Tybalt, who is Juliet’s cousin, was complaining to his Uncle that Romeo is an evil man and has come to mock the Capulet name. Tybalt has this resentment towards Romeo but he knows nothing of him except what he has heard from other people and what he constructs in his own mind. In other words all Tybalt wants to...

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