William Shakespeare: Romeo And Juliet Essay

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William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

There are many alternating reasons as to what could be blamed for the
death of the two “star-crossed lovers”, Romeo and Juliet, whether it
be the long running family feud between the Montague and Capulet
families, the risk of adolescent love, or simply the hast and secrecy
in which the romance developed, through Shakespeare’s captivating tale
of two predestined teens held in a captive love we are taken to the
extremes of every emotion.

In this essay I plan to look at the reasons why the adversity happened
and if anything could have stopped it from happening.

A popular theory into the reasoning of Romeo and Juliet’s death is
that it is due to the older generation, through many threads and
stages; the adults of the age seem to contribute towards the tragedy
in a somewhat major fashion. Firstly if we look at Juliet’s family,
the Capulets, we can see a strong pressure placed upon Juliet to do
the family’s will.

Her father, to begin with, places a strong weight upon Juliet to marry
a good man. He believes Paris is the perfect match for Juliet to unite
with and so will not hear of Juliet’s disagreement in the matter.
Capulet is unaware of Juliet’s admiration for Romeo and completely
blinded to their surreptitious love. He cannot understand why Juliet
does not want to marry Paris, a wealthy, charming, attractive young
man, perfect for a girl of her standard and class. He becomes
extremely exasperated at the fact of her censure in Paris’ hand and so
upsets Juliet dearly by shouting and telling her “Hang thee, young
baggage, disobedient wretch!” In this quote Capulet seems to change
from a loving father to being a figure controlled by rage. This seems
to provoke her to the decision that she shall either be able to lead a
life with Romeo or she shall die, she becomes extremely upset that her
father disagrees with her in such an unpleasant way, this may be used
as another reason as to why the deaths occurred. After the nurse has
left her, Juliet begins to feel sorry for herself and become very over
the top about her situation, crying

“Do thou but call my resolution wise And with this knife I’ll help it
presently”

Shakespeare seems to show the child in Juliet as this point by showing
her sulking and looking for sympathy from the nurse, the language used
helps to describe her desperate state of mind for sympathy and all to
be right.

When Capulet loses his temper, we feel somewhat sorry for Juliet and
angry with him for acting in such an aggressive manner but the reality
of this scene is that, in the era of which Romeo and Juliet was
written and set, it was any young girl’s father’s job to find his
daughter a husband who he thought was eligible and someone that would
do his family and daughter proud. When Juliet quickly turns down
...

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