William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Shakespeare cleverly masks the true meaning of Romeo and Juliet behind

the idea of a pair of 'star crossed lovers' controlled by fate and

destiny. Close study of the play reveals a very different meaning.

Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' is all about the human condition. It

is based around two star crossed lovers, who's affections are torn

apart by their family's feuds. The play is structured so that the

ending is inevitable, and all outcomes are due to the characters human

conditions and the effect that others apply to the situation.

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is far more about the nature of hatred

rather than love, even though people see the play as a romantic

tragedy. Hatred determines Romeo and Juliet's outcome as well as

Mercutio and Tybalt's, hatred is also the main influence on the path

in which the play takes.

Four of the five major characters, Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio and Tybalt,

all have the same ending, death. Each character has a small part in

influencing Romeo and Juliet's fate, each character share a same

characteristic that is shown in many different forms, the

characteristic they all share is the same as the emotion Shakespeare

masks, hatred. All of the characters feel a form of hatred towards a

never during the play, this hatred is a great impact throughout the

play on Romeo and Juliet's outcome.

Shakespeare was a strong believer in the notion that their flaws and

not their strengths govern people; the play shows us this in the form

of th...

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...cters have been studied closely, the real message is seen and how

Shakespeare has actually cleverly masked this all behind love is

acknowledged. Shakespeare's lesson is to show us that we are not

governed by fate or destiny, but by our behaviour and personal flaws,

Shakespeare would like us to believe that we choose out own paths and

our behaviours cause us to do what we do. Shakespeare believes that

there is no fate and destiny, but only our personal flaws.

The project could easily have been argued the other way that fate and

destiny do rule our lives, but clearly the plays real message our

hidden behind the title, which is a hypotenuse. The title does

cleverly mask the true meaning, that fate and destiny do not rule our

lives but our personal flaws are the indicators to which path we

choose, behind this hypothesis.
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