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Romeo and Juliet's Love Is Doomed by the World Around and Its Own Intensity

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Romeo and Juliet’s love is doomed by the world around it and by its own intensity. Shakespeare, in one of his earliest plays, ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ written around 1600, explores a number of themes, including love, hate, fate and generation gap. Very early in the play he suggests that the love between the title characters is doomed. He no doubt blames the world around them especially the older generation for such a tragedy. However, he also implies that fate and the intensity of the love between the couple contributes greatly to the tragedy. Unnecessary!! Shakespeare suggests that the love between the title characters is doomed. The prologue, is explicit that the love between the ‘starcrossed lovers’ is destined to end in a disaster and that they cannot change fate’s path. (AVOID STORY TELLING!!) Shakespeare shapes the plot to predetermine the fates of Romeo and Juliet. This is shown when Romeo, just by chance, is asked to read the guest’s list for Capulet’s ball. This is where he first met Juliet and because of that seemingly trivial event the whole story is driven. The lovers fall in love before discovering that they are the children of enemies. (This would prove to be highly unlikely considering the families’ relationship with each other <You are not allowed to provide your own speculation on the events). (And thirdly Friar Lawrence’s message doesn’t manage to reach Romeo in time to save his beloved wife, Juliet. ???Does not flow!!) These are all events that show how doomed was Romeo and Juliet’s love. The play also attributes the doomed love of Romeo and Juliet to those around them. Shakespeare uses characters, mostly the ones closest to Romeo and Juliet, to hinder their love. () The feud between the families is the first and most predominant factor that changes the paths of Romeo and Juliet’s lives. The friction between the Capulets and the Montagues is shown as Montague says ‘My sword I say, Old Montague has come.’ This hate is the source of their...

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