ROMEO + JUlIET. Essay on major themes and if their deaths were controllable.

Essay by RRoJunior High, 9th gradeA-, April 2004

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In Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet, many unfortunate tragedies occur due to uncontrollable acts of destiny. There are three separate branches of disaster: the first being the immediate families, then there are the secondary characters, and finally there is fate. Romeo and Juliet are innocent victims of circumstances beyond their control. Being together was never their destiny. The two enemy families influence the couple to make rash decisions. After the role of the families, the secondary characters play a very prominent position. Neither Romeo, Juliet, nor anyone else can control the misfortunes in one's life. It is impossible to control anyone's future, and in this case, the variables do not help.

The families' interference in their children's lives indirectly results in many disasters. The constant disputing among the Capulets and the Montagues has a negative reaction with the rest of the family, especially Romeo and Juliet. On one occasion the quarrel was so terrible one of the town's officers had to come and said "Down with the Capulets! down with the Montagues!" (I.i.72).

The officer wanted to end the fighting and saw no way to end it. The fighting is a large aspect of the play, the first brawl that the audience witness opens the first scene. It started with some words and progressed until swords and officers were involved. It seems that Shakespeare wanted to indicate that these families were always bickering, so he decided to have it commence the play. Capulet plays a double role, fighting as well as the marriage arrangements. Capulet forms new troubles when he accepts Paris' offer to marry his only daughter. Capulet thinks it is a grand idea, but Juliet is none too pleased. This situation causes some tension between father and daughter. Lady Capulet tells Juliet to "Marry, my child, early next...