The Deaths of the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

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Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is filled with death in every Act, excluding I and II, across the remaining 3 Acts there a total of 6 deaths. (Romeo, Juliet, Tybalt, Mercutio, Paris and Lady Capulet) William Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, was published in 1597. None of the deaths in The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet are similar, they all surround different issues and they all have a different impact on the not only the flow of the play, but the play itself.

The suicides of Romeo and Juliet are surrounded in matters that deal with the families’ hatred toward one another. Juliet expresses herself in Act II Scene II, she mentions that both her and Romeo must defy their names in order for the two to be together: “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name” (Shakespeare 33-34). Juliet is proclaiming that the love shared between her and Romeo cannot be expressed in public, due to the ongoing, seemingly everlasting feud between the Montagues and Capulets. Shakespeare treats these deaths in a very climatic way, he almost wants you to think “Dang, all of these teens lives are being taken from them just because of a feud that they probably know nothing about.”

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While Romeo’s suicide has to do with family related issues, Mercutio’s murder deals with personal disputes between himself, Romeo and Tybalt. Mercutio fights for Romeo in Act III Scene I, when Tybalt issues the challenge; this is right after his marriage with Juliet, so he has reason to care for Tybalt: “O calm dishonourable,

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