Romeo and Juliet Literary Analysis

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When people hear of Romeo and Juliet most think about a tragic love story of two young people who died because they could not bear being without one another, but how did that tragedy come about? Romeo and Juliet meet at a party one night and immediately fall in love. They soon find out they are from families that greatly despise one another and know that they should not be together but they are already too far fallen for one another. Romeo and Juliet's parents were bad influences on their kids because of their refusal to end a long lasting feud, teaching hate towards the opposing family and pushing their kids to do things against their will.
To begin, Romeo and Juliet introduces us to a long lasting feud carried through many generations and brought upon two families children. “Two households, both alike in dignity / In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, / From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, / Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean” (Shakespeare Prologue.1-4). This feud the Capulets and Montagues have not only affected their children but the citizens of Verona. For instance when two relatives of the Montagues and Capulets start fighting against one another, the citizens start fighting against them and soon everyone is pulling out swords someone, such as the Prince, comes to break up the quarrel in the city. Therefore, if the Capulets and Montagues were not openly fighting in the street there would be no reason for citizens to get riled up. To sum it up, many injuries could be prevented if the families just dropped all grudges against each other and strived for peace within the cities walls.

Carried over from the long-lasting feud comes the negative feeling the Montagues and Capulets have towards each other personally ...

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Holding old grudges, teaching hatred towards opposing families, and influencing their kids to do things they do not care for shows that the Montagues and Capulets are poor influences on their kids and those around them. It took the death of Romeo and Juliet for the adults to end their fight and by then four people had died that were close to either family. Four people’s death is four to many. Parents were left without children, and friends were forever separated. If Romeo and Juliet grew up together no one would have died because there would be no thirst for revenge between the Montagues and the Capulets, but it makes you wonder if they would have even fallen in love because they would not have had that moment that sparked at the party.

Works Cited

Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet (Barnes & Noble Shakespeare). New York: Barnes & Noble, 2007.
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