Due Date: 12- -12Prompt #1
“Death” is a cold, cold soul. He plays with people, traps, and then releases people back into their
lives after seeing their life flash before their eyes. But he can just as easily end your life with the drop of
a hat. In “Romeo & Juliet”, “Death” decides to have some fun.
The lure? Juliet. The winning prize?Mercutio, Tybalt,
Paris, Romeo and yes, Juliet’s lives.
O Romeo, Romeo, brave Mercutio's dead! That gallant spirit hath aspired the clouds, Which toountimely here did scorn the earth.
” (Benvolio, Act 3, Scene 1) Death makes his mark by Mercutio’smurder at Tybalt’s hand.
Juliet attracted Romeo. And this brought the family feud among the younggeneration higher. Then, ou
t of revenge, Romeo murders Tybalt. “
Romeo, away, be gone! The citizensare up, and Tybalt slain. Stand not amazed: the prince will doom thee death, If thou art taken: hence, begone, away!
” (Benvolio, Act 3, Scene 1)
This causes Romeo to be forced to go to Mantua. A land of theexiled citizens. Juliet has mesmerized Romeo through her beauty. He is not himself anymore. He ismalicious, murderous, and love struck. Not to mention infatuated.And towards the end of the play, Romeo has not received word of Jul
iet’s awaking from the
poison, and in panic, goes to Verona to bid farewell to his lost love. He travels to her sepulcher, andthere, he meets Paris. Paris accuses Romeo of arriving for purposes such as tomb-raiding and defilingthe body. And so Romeo taun
ts Paris to fight him. Paris and Romeo fight, and Paris falls. “
O, I am slain!
If thou be merciful, Open the tomb, lay me with Juliet.
(Paris, Act 5, Scene 3) Romeo
goes to Juliet, kisses her farewell, then drinks his poison, to lay with his bride. “
Here's to my love!
O true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.
(Romeo, Act 5,Scene 3)As Juliet awakens, she realizes Romeo has drunk the poison and has passed. Juliet has caused allof this trouble, simply by her beauty. So she takes a knife, and decides to end her life to be with her love.
Yea, noise? then I'll be brief. O happy dagger!
Snatching ROMEO's dagger
This is thy sheath;
there rust, and let me die.
Falls on ROMEO's body, and
(Juliet, Act 5, Scene 3) Multiple deaths, tragedies, and feuding all traced back to a young woman’s
beauty. Death works in crazy ways. Crazy, maniacal, and evil ways. And to sum this whole tragedy up, I
will provide the prologue. “
Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth thefatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Whose misadventured piteous