Romeo and Juliet

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AP Literature
12 March 2013
A Love Story
The ending on a story doesn’t necessarily need to be a happy one. The British novelist Fay Weldon once said the following, "The writers, I do believe, who get the best and most lasting response from their readers are the writers who offer a happy ending through moral development. By a happy ending, I do not mean mere fortunate events a marriage or a last minute rescue from death but some kind of spiritual reassessment or moral reconciliation, even with the self, even at death." I agree with this quotation 100 percent. For instance, take one of Shakespeare’s most known plays; Romeo and Juliet. Where is your thesis? Romeo and Juliet tells the story of a beautiful, yet forbidden love which results in a tragic ending. The story is about what happens when two young lovers fall in love at first sight. However, they later discover that they are from rival families, the Capulets (Juliet’s family) and the Montagues (Romeo’s family). Rebelling against everything and everyone, the two crossed lovers decide to secretly be wed, but they must hurry up because Juliet is to be wed to another man, Paris. Friar Lawrence agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet, thinking that their love will end the family feud. Meanwhile, Romeo ends up being kicked out of town. Eager to be with her Romeo, Juliet takes a poison that makes her appear to be dead so that she won’t have to marry Paris and so that afterwards she can meet Romeo and they can finally be together. Unfortunately, their plan falls to pieces when Romeo finds Juliet, who still appears to be dead. Thinking she has died, Romeo kills himself. Shortly after, Juliet wakes up, sees Romeo dead, and kills herself as well. In the end, both families gather for the funeral of Romeo and Juliet. The Prince speaks to the families and lets them know that they are the ones to blame for the both deaths. Two young teenagers fell deeply in love and the only thing stopping them from being together was...
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