Romeo And Juliet Authority Quotes

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The Role of Authority Figures in The Tragic Downfall of Romeo And Juliet While William Shakespear’s Romeo and Juliet is often remembered for its passionate romance, a closer examination reveals a complex web of societal and familial pressures that contribute to the tragic outcome. Such pressures are materialized from the rivalry between the Capulet and Montague families that promote the death of Tybalt and unhealthy relations between parents and children. In addition, the inappropriate decisions made by Prince Escalus such as his inability to interfere with the conflict between the two families and his choice to banish Romeo from Verona are also recognized as large contributors to the story’s conclusion. Finally, Friar Lawrence’s unsuccessful …show more content…

Due to these circumstances, the rivalry between the Capulet and Montague families is a clear illustration of how authority figures throughout the play fail to rescue Romeo and Juliet as they display violent tendencies towards each other and destructive parental …show more content…

To start, the Prince is unable to resolve the Capulet and Montague conflict due to his absence. Mercutio’s death is one of the various instances of extreme violence throughout the play, in which Mercutio announces his last words as, "Help me into some house, Benvolio, / Or I shall faint. A plague o' both your houses! / They have made worms' meat of me. I have it, / And soundly too. Your houses!” (III.i.104) There is a high probability that this disastrous outcome could have been avoided if Prince Escalus was present and intervened with the quarrel in a civil manner as his character represents government and justice and is therefore responsible for finding solutions in vicious affairs. On the contrary, the Prince’s decision to intervene and banish Romeo as a punishment for his crimes proves to become a fundamental factor in contributing to Romeo and Juliet’s dreadful fate. Following Tybalt’s death, Prince Escalus powerfully declares, “Nor tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses. / Therefore use none. Let Romeo hence in haste, / Else, when he's found, that hour is his last.” (III.i.192) After learning that Romeo has been banished from Verona, Juliet’s desperation to reunite with her lover leads her to seek Friar Lawrence’s help and carry out a dangerous scheme that results in the deaths of both characters. In

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