Romeo and Juliet Essay

Essay by DementedHigh School, 10th grade May 2004

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Romeo and Juliet, a play written by William Shakespeare, is considered to be one of the most excellent and lamentable tragedies ever written. The Capulets and the Montagues are the two main families in the play. It is due to their feud that at the conclusion of the play the reader is left with a feeling of waste. The conflict between the two families is the cause of the misfortune in this play, and causes Juliet to engage in a deception which ends with her untimely death, and that of her young lover, Romeo.

The Capulets and Montagues have had a long-standing and bitter feud, and there is great rivalry and conflict between the families. An example of conflict between the families arises when Romeo, Benvolio and Mercutio encounter Tybalt, Juliet's cousin. Tybalt is furious that Romeo attended the Capulet's feast, and therefore challenges Romeo to a duel.

Romeo however does not want to fight Tybalt. But Mercutio is not of the same mind, and decides to fight Tybalt himself. Enraged, Tybalt takes Mercutio's life by stabbing him. In order to avenge the needless death of Mercutio, Romeo decides to fight Tybalt. As a result, Tybalt ends up dead and Romeo is exiled from Verona and from his new bride, Juliet.

Juliet has fallen in love with Romeo and marries him secretly. The two share one passionate night before Romeo has to flee to Mantua, leaving Juliet alone. Very upset with this, Juliet concocts a plan in order to be with Romeo. The plan consists of Juliet drinking a potion that will make her appear to be dead so that she doesn't have to marry Paris, and then Romeo and Juliet can reunite in Mantua. So, Friar Lawrence wrote a letter, explaining everything, to Romeo, sent...