“One is reminded about death throughout the play." How far do you agree with this statement? Support your answer with close reference to the text.  

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that one would have to direct their attention to the Prologue to start.  The idea of a "star- crossed lovers" is something that brings to light that Romeo and Juliet are going to be challenged in this life to find their love come to fruition.  This helps to establish that there will be some quotient in the play that leads to death or something outside of this life as being evident.  The fact that both of them realize, through the death of their kin, that that their relationship is not going to be evident in Verona of the time period is another example of how the two are battling through death in some form or another in the drama.  Naturally, the hatching of the plan to be together is something that comes out of the need to view death as a release or a type of element that could enable them to stay together.  Death is something that is present in different forms throughout the play.  Part of this might be due to the idea that both Romeo and Juliet truly believe that they are meant to be together or would welcome death without the other.  The infatuation and sudden nature in which both of them find meaning in the other helps to bring this out and in the process, one finds death present throughout the play and how both of them see one another.

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