Date of publication: 2017-08-31 02:02
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The feuding families
To a large extent, the feud is responsible for the tragic deaths. There is a lot of ill-feeling and hatred between the two clans and the feuding families creates a malignant context for the lovers, who are expected to marry within the social boundaries of the family. The play is about ‘The fearful passage of their death-mark’d love, And the continuance of their parents’ rage, which but their children’s end nought could remove.’
The Balcony Scene
Romeo visits the Capulet mansion at night. While hiding in the garden, he sees Juliet on a balcony and overhears her declare that she loves him. Romeo makes his presence known and the two discuss their love. Juliet agrees to marry Romeo if his intentions are honourable. Romeo assures her that is in honourable.
Although love and peace are his main aims, Friar Lawrence instigates the dangerous plan that has disastrous consequences. He states that “this this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households’ rancour to pure love 8776 . Friar organises the risk-laden scheme which seeks to avoid Juliet’s hasty marriage to Paris. (Also he knows that Juliet is threatening to kill herself if he does not find a solution.)
Tybalt and Mercutio have been conditioned to see the fight as inevitable. They equate courage with aggression and aggression with masculinity, pride and honour. Romeo struggles to conform to these conditioned stereotypes and shows his conflicting emotions and loyalties.
Lord and Lady Capulet force Juliet to marry Paris without asking her opinion because they assume that she will obey them. They misunderstand the extent and purpose of her grief following Tybalt’s death.
The day is hot, the Capels are abroad, And if we meet them we shall not escape a brawl, For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring.