Sean Wanamaker Period 8
Romeo and Juliet Essay
Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare is about two star crossed lovers in the city of Verona. W.H. Auden, a critic has said, “Everybody in the city is in one way or another involved in or responsible for what happens.” I agree with this statement. The deaths of Romeo and Juliet have been influenced and provoked by everyone including, the Montagues, the Capulets, Friar Lawrence, Mercutio, Tybalt, Paris, and prince Escalus
Benvolio’s part in Romeos death is that he helped Romeo with his love problems. All of these problems ended because when he met Juliet. Romeo met Juliet at the party thrown by the Capulets. Tybalt wanted to fight Romeo but instead fought Mercutio and killed him. Mercutio’s last words were “A plaque o’ both of your houses!” Meaning that he wishes or puts a curse on the Montagues and Capulets families. This enraged Romeo where Romeo chased after him and killed him. Romeo has slain Tybalt, his punishment was to be exiled. Prince Escalus says “Immediately we do exile him hence.” Since Romeo was just married to Juliet by Friar Lawrence, Juliet cries for Romeos banishment because she loves him. Juliet seeks for help from the Friar and she has been given a potion, a potion that could make a person appear dead for a limited amount of time, but when the time is up they awaken. Juliet drinks this potion and Romeo thinks she is actually dead. Romeo buys a death potion and goes to Juliet’s tomb. Arriving there he sees his wife all in whit and laying in a coffin. He talks to her, drinks the potion and dies.
Juliet’s death has been influenced by her nurse who is with Juliet giving her advice on her love life with Romeo. The nurse even goes to find Romeo and deliver Juliet’s messages. Friar Lawrence influenced the death of Juliet because he be wedded Juliet and Romeo. Paris was supposed to be marrying Juliet the day after she took the potion but she faked her death to...