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How/Where does Shakespeare emphasize Juliet's fate?

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bhsonline | College Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted March 28, 2012 at 5:09 AM via web

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How/Where does Shakespeare emphasize Juliet's fate?

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 28, 2012 at 6:27 AM (Answer #1)

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In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the fate of the character Juliet is emphasized primarily at the end of the play, although throughout the play, we see the strengthening of the bonds between lovers, and Juliet's increasing love for and loyalty to Romeo, characteristics that make her fate somewhat inevitable.

In one way, we can consider the main discovery of her fate by the audience the point at which she kills herself with the dagger, although her death-like sleep from the temporary poison foreshadows it. On the other hand, if we consider her fate to extend beyond her personal survival and include her posterity, the real emphasis on how the spirit of love between the two young people resolves the dispute between the warring families is only revealed after their deaths when the families are reconciled.

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