Catastrophes in Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo & Juliet

Romeo and Juliet is a Shakespearian tragedy about two young lovers who are destined to be together. Their two families hate each other bitterly, which forces them to realise that they would rather be dead than live their lives apart.

After analysing and interpreting the text I have developed a neutral view point regarding the following statement, “Romeo and Juliet’s reckless and thoughtless actions had been responsible for the tragic events in the play”.

There are many incidents in the play which contribute to the tragedy, some of which are owed to immature mindset and the impulsive actions by both Romeo and Juliet. However, one should consider that it was not one particular factor that solely lead to their demise but the series of unfortunate events that kept them apart and ultimately killed them, which will be discussed in this essay.

In my opinion, the main factors that caused this tragic loss of life were; fate, the feud, the nurse, Old Capulet, Friar Lawrence and the star-crossed lovers themselves.

Even though fate traps Romeo and Juliet by their fatal flaw, many things happen to their misfortune and is not their fault. For example, the letter sent by the Friar does not reach Romeo by a random incident. Secondly, fate puts Romeo and Juliet in opposite Houses and therefore puts their relationship in jeopardy. However, Romeo and Juliet made their own choices throughout the play. Romeo goes to the Capulet ball despite his premonitions and knowing that Capulet is his bitter enemy. Juliet makes a choice when she discovers that Romeo is her enemy where she has the chance to end her relationship. Although they make their decisions they may have been under the influence of ’True’ love and this could have been a series of unfortunate coincidences. This relates to Shakespeare’s idea of a tragedy where a tragedy was not one major unfortunate event but a series of unfortunate events or coincidences.

The first lines of the prologue tell...
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