Year Ten English Essay Romeo and Juliet

The Tragic Tale of Romeo and Juliet, By Minnie McLeod

Romeo and Juliet are known as the greatest lovers of all time and if not the most, one of the most well known of tragic Shakespeare’s plays. This is because every aspect of the story draws in a different audience; it has all the ingredients needed to create a classic love story. The key word in lots of popular romances is forbidden love and that is the basis of this story. The common dilemma of two that love one another but can never be together. Yet passion will keep them fighting for each other. In this particular scenario it is their origins that hold them apart, the brawls between the houses of Montague and Capulet are too harsh for society to allow them to be together.

But this does not stop the “star crossed lovers” from thrusting themselves into the world of what should be marriage and bliss but turns out to be a cruel dungeon of grave mistakes and tragedy. Romeo and Juliet are historical and symbolic characters because the plot of the play is so simple but the way it is told is so intense, ending with the ultimate act of passion.

The idea that the lovers were so young and fell victim to puppy love, does not dampen the addictive taste of this story but make it all the more delicious. The fact they fell so swiftly in love with each other is romantic enough in its own way, but then Romeo kills himself because of the bitter thought of living with out his fair Romeo, only to let Juliet awake and discover his limp body laying next to her on her death bed. Realizing what he has done for her, she takes her own life, knowing she could not bear to live a day in a world where her love Romeo doesn’t exist. In the end it seems the only way for them to be together is for them to reunite in the after life and be together in eternal bliss.

Tragic end? Is death not the greatest act of devotion one can perform for another to prove their love for them, if not, then what is? Romeo and Juliet has everything a great story needs, romance, violence, betrayal, loss, young love, misery, pain, bliss, mistake and regret. Romeo and Juliet are the only ones through out this whole story trying to find some peace between the two families and a little bit of common ground. It is not until they have both taken their lives that the two families realise what they are doing is ridiculous and they could have prevented the death of many people if they had just been a little bit more civil. For once there is silence in fair Verona.

Shakespeare was the only writer of his time to pull off such an amazing story and give it such feeling and passion. No writer then or up until this day has been able to match the story’s intensity and emotion. It has been always been the most powerful love story anyone can ever witness and will probably remain that way for many years to come. Those who don’t know anything about the Elizabethan era or Shakespeare have still at least heard of Romeo and Juliet and anyone who has studied important literature or scripts will have some familiarity with Romeo and Juliet.

A glooming peace this morning with it brings. The sun for sorrow will not show his head. Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things; some shall be pardoned, and some punished; for never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

Year Ten English Essay Romeo and Juliet


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