Romeo and Juliet Thesis Paper

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Romeo and Juliet Thesis Essay
In Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, the common opinion is that Paris’ death was unnecessary. Critics believe it is a way of cheaply compounding the tragedy. It is untrue that it was not necessary for Paris to die. Without Paris’ death, we wouldn’t know what became of him after everything about Romeo and Juliet was out in the open. It adds to the tragedy, and the idea that love is what kills in this play. Without Paris’ part in the end of the play, we wouldn’t really know anything about his character. It is in the scene of his death, that we first learn something about Paris. In Romeo and Juliet, Paris’ death is a necessary and a meaningful part of the tragedy.

Without the last scene, we would not have closure at the end of play, concerning Paris. There would still be questions. We would not know what happened to him, or how he felt about the fact that his bride-to-be was already married. When Paris is lying flowers on Juliet’s grave, he says, “Sweet flower, with flowers thy bridal bed I strew… which with sweet water nightly I will dew… The obsequies that I for thee will keep nightly shall be to strew thy grave and weep.” It is obvious in this quote that Paris loves Juliet, since he never knew the truth, he died loving her. We do not have questions because we know this, but if he hadn’t died in this scene, we would wonder how he felt about Juliet, knowing she loved someone else. It was important that Paris die in the end of play, because Paris played an important part in Romeo and Juliet. It was immediately after Juliet found out they were to be married, that Juliet insisted on coming up with a way for her to get out of the marriage. Even though we know very little about his character, it was his presence that forced Juliet and the Friar to come up with the plan that got the couple killed. As Juliet says, “O, bid me leap, rather than marry Paris, from off the battlements of any tower, or walk in thievish ways, or bid me lurk...
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