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From the beginning of the drama, Shakespeare calls Romeo and Juliet star-crossed lovers, for fate brings them together and fate is responsible for their tragic end. The family feud of the Capulets and Montagues is the means by which fate acts.
At the dance, fate intervenes and he falls in love with Juliet, who is a Capulet. She returns his love, and they are secretly married. Fate does not seem to smile on their union. Fate causes Count Paris to become interested in Juliet just at the time of her marriage to Romeo. He mistakes the color as the beauty of her being shining through to defy death.
If he had arrived five minutes later, Juliet would have been awake and the two deaths would have been avoided.
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Clearly, fate controls the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Another source of omen in the play is the presaging of dreams.
Romeo, unwillingly is drawn into the fight, by the death of Mercutio, at the hands of Tybalt. When Romeo kills Tybalt, the Prince exiles him. All this happens soon after his marriage to Juliet, and then misfortunes fall on the lovers.
Fate intervenes again when Romeo is in exile. Juliet awakens from her trance after Romeo drinks the poison and dies by his side. If she had awakened a little earlier, the tragedy would not have happened. This is a tragedy of fate rather than of character or action.
Although tragic in nature and conclusion, Romeo and Juliet is filled with humor. Shakespeare has enlivened the story with delightful characters and wonderful wit in order to lighten the bitterness of the tragedy. The opening scene of the play is filled with puns as the servants Sampson and Gregory indulge in a verbal duel as well as a fight with swords.
Abraham observes that they will not carry coals, meaning that they would not put up with insults. An we in choler, we will draw. The Elizabethan audience immensely enjoyed such puns.
He is already dead: Romeo remarks that Mercutio is a gentleman that loves to hear himself talk and will speak more in a minute than he will stand to in a month. When the Nurse meets Mercutio in the play, they tease one another and create a light-hearted, merry atmosphere amidst the tragedy that is to follow.
She teases Juliet throughout the play in a variety of ways and particularly delights in make sexual jokes to her naive charge. The audience enjoys the jokes more than Juliet, which is just what Shakespeare intends. He uses comic relief throughout the play to lighten the tragedy to which the play is hurtling.
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The point of teaching "Romeo and Juliet" itself (as representative of Shakespeare's plays) is that it deals with topics that are central and current to the lives of teenagers: love, parents, friends.
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