Love: A Recipe for Disaster

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The dramatic play of Romeo and Juliet, written by the famous English poet; William Shakespeare in the mid 1590’s, is about two “star-crossed” lovers from rival families that have despised each other since ancient times. The play takes place in the city of Verona, Italy where a brawl engages the feuding families; the Capulets and the Montagues. The Prince, filled with exasperation, explains that if anyone disrupts the peace once again, the punishment will be death. Further into the play, lovers from the feuding families meet each other and instantly fall in love. Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, are willing to do anything for love and will put their trust in fate. Romeo and Juliet demonstrate that the recipe for love runs less smoothly than expected by threats, posed by Lord Capulet towards Juliet to marry Paris, by Romeo’s banishment for killing Tybalt, and the lack of communication, in the form of a letter, which in the end, tragically results in the death of the two lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Love becomes a recipe of disaster as Lord Capulet enrages and threatens his daughter to engage in artificial love. Lord Capulet elaborates and assumes it would be a marvelous idea for Juliet to marry Paris in order for her to get over the grief of her deceased cousin, Tybalt. Since Juliet is already married to Romeo secretly by law and has no affections or feelings for Paris, she neglects her father’s offer and selflessly says, “not proud you have, but thankful that you have. Proud can I never be of what I hate, but thankful even for hate that is meant love” (3.5.150-152). This demonstrates that Juliet is thankful and grateful that her father is authentically devoted to her, but she does not wish to marry Paris b... ... middle of paper ... ...ter was ultimately what resulted in the deaths of the two lovers in the first place. If Romeo knew about the plan through the letter, everything would have ended well as stated through the quote “without this accident, all might have been well” –E.C. Pettet As you can see, love did not run smooth for Juliet and her Romeo. Juliet is threatened to get disowned if she does not listen to her father, Romeo gets banished from Verona only a few hours after their marriage, and to tie everything up, Romeo does not receive the significant letter and creates confusion and perplexity for Friar Laurence. He tries to get to the vault in time and send another letter to Romeo, but it is too late and Juliet after seeing the corpse of her love, decides to join him in death. If Romeo received the letter, who knows, maybe Romeo and Juliet could have resulted in a happy ending.

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