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Causes Of The Feud In Romeo And Juliet

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Could a feud be the cause of its own end? In Act I of Romeo and Juliet the reader learns of a feud between the Capulets and Montagues. In Act V of the play the feud is resolved with the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. The feud is responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet since it prevented then from being married publicly. The feud also caused the fights which led to Romeo’s banishment. Friar Lawrence allowed Romeo and Juliet to get married in secret which caused conflict in the story. The feud and Friar Laurence are to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.

The feud prevented Romeo and Juliet from being happily married. In Act I scene v,Juliet says, “My only love, sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me. That I must love a loathed enemy.” this quotation explains that Juliet is forbidden to be in love with Romeo since He is a Montague. in Act II Romeo went to see Friar Lawrence about marriage. Friar Lawrence thought that the feud would make marriage complicated. Friar Lawrence then decides to marry Romeo and Juliet even though the feud should keep them
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Admittedly Friar Lawrence did agree to marry Romeo and Juliet in secret in Act II, but he did this in hopes that it would end the feud, and his intentions can be seen in this quote, “ In one respect all thy assistant be; For this alliance may so happy prove, to turn your households’ rancor to pure love”(Act II scene iii). The feud is a major reason for Friar Lawrence allowing Romeo and Juliet to be married. Friar Lawrence's actions disprove the claim that he is responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths since his actions were ultimately caused by the feud. Therefore, Friar Lawrence did not cause the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, and the claim that he is responsible is invalid. In spite of this, the feud is still the cause of Romeo and Juliet’s
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