The Causes of the Tragedy in Romeo and Juliet Essay

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The Causes of the Tragedy in Romeo and Juliet

There are many causes to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet and throughout the play Shakespeare's use of language hints to the eventual outcome.

One of the most important causes is the feud between the two families, Capulet and Montague. It is a major cause because if the feud had not existed then there would be more chance of Romeo and Juliet being able to marry. Its importance is shown right at the beginning, during the prologue.

Prologue: "From forth the fatal loins of these two foes."

By showing its importance this early Shakespeare implies to the audience that the "feud" will have an impact on the rest of the play.

Tybalt (Capulet): "As I
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Shakespeare is saying, by using this quotation,

Juliet (Capulet): "If they do see thee, they will murder thee."

That the hatred between the two separate families is so great that if a Montague is even found uninvited on the Capulets grounds that he will be killed. This again is showing how extreme the violence is in Verona. The effect this has on the audience is that they want to see whether Romeo is caught so overall makes the scene much more intense.

Teenage love is Shakespeare's way of making Romeo and Juliet fall in love so quickly and perhaps is the reason why the play is only four days long. And also that they were being reckless because they were young and never really stopped to think about what they were doing.

Friar Lawrence: "Young men's love then lies

Not truly in their hearts but in their eyes."

This quotation is referring to the way that Romeo is so fixed upon one girl, Rosaline, and then suddenly is in love with Juliet and wants to marry her. It makes the audience contemplate whether Romeo and Juliet were ever truly in love and if Rosaline had ever shown an interest in Romeo would he have felt the same way about her as well. It is also showing the way that even characters, Friar Lawrence, doubted that is was true love.

Paris: "Younger than she are happy mothers."

I think

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