Death Toll Of William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet Essay

1692 Words Nov 25th, 2015 7 Pages
If you are reading this, you will one day die. You have thought about the unavoidability of death and it has installed fear in you that will haunt you for years, but also it has also implanted an infatuation. From authors as early as Homer, and his piece The Iliad, death has been a common theme that plagued some of the most famous pieces of the decades. In The Iliad, bloody battle scenes crowd the piece as well as no mention of a happy afterlife. Shakespeare also wrote a heart-wrenching tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, in which the couple ended up killing themselves for love. In Shakespeare’s other work, Macbeth, the death toll rises to ten, not to mention that most were murders. In Hamlet, another play by Shakespeare, five people lose their lives and one of them is the main character. This fixation on death expands into the modern young adult culture in which the most popular books include cancer patients and losing loved ones. This is portrayed in John Green’s novels, The Fault in Our Stars and Looking For Alaska. From the 1500s to the 2000s, death has been a best-selling point in thousand short stories, plays, and novels.
The authors behind those well-known novels faced the fact of death before their characters ever did. Life expectancy in 2015, for the United States, is around seventy-six years for men and seventy-nine years for women (“Life Expectancy”). Currently, the U.S. has a history of building vaccinations and offering free flu shots at local drug stores. This…

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