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In Romeo and Juliet (Act 5) what is the theme?

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katiejov | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted January 15, 2011 at 1:44 AM via web

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In Romeo and Juliet (Act 5) what is the theme?

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cbetances | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 15, 2011 at 5:20 AM (Answer #1)

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Act 5 of Romeo and Juliet is the conclusion of a multitude of issues in the play. The main themes are Fate and Irony. Fate because Act 5 contains the events that were predicted in the prologue. Fate is considered "beyond human control and contrary to men’s best intentions" (enotes). The ending is also ironic because Juliet was not really dead, and yet Romeo kills himself for her and then she really kills herself for him. The meddling Friar has caused the ultimate ruin and both families are paying the ultimate price.

 

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