Romeo And Juliet Suffering Essay

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The Suffering of Juliet Capulet

People often compare couples happily in love to Romeo and Juliet. Whether they realize it or not, Romeo and Juliet suffer greatly. Some might even argue that Juliet suffers more than Romeo. In 1594, William Shakespeare, one of the most famous playwrights in the world, wrote Romeo and Juliet. One of the key points of Juliet’s suffering is Romeo’s banishment from Verona. Juliet agonizes over Romeo’s banishment in saying, “Wash they his wounds with tears: mine shall be spent, when theirs are dry, for Romeo's banishment.” (3. II. 141-142) Juliet suffers profoundly, which eventually leads to her suicide, because she must keep her love for Romeo a secret, all the while her father and confidant want her to marry
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One, her father imposes a marriage on her to County Paris, after she marries Romeo in secret. Two, her only friend and confidant, the nurse, betrays her trust. When her father tells her she will be married next Thursday, Juliet exclaims, “Now, by Saint Peter’s Church and Peter too, he shall not make me there a joyful bride.” (3. V. 121-122) Juliet does not want to marry Paris because she does not love him, she loves Romeo to whom she is already married. She also fears committing adultery if forced to marry Paris. In Juliet’s chamber her nurse tells her, “I think it’s best you married with the County. O, he’s a lovely gentleman! Romeo’s a dishclout to him…” (3. V. 230-232) Juliet expects her nurse to take her side, however she sides with her father, to her dismay. Juliet is hurt greatly by this betrayal. Love bound by secrecy is costly; no one knows it better than Juliet Capulet. Juliet exclaims her last words, “Yea, noise? Then I’ll be brief. O, happy dagger, this is thy sheath. There rust, and let me die.” (5. III. 174-175) Her love constrained by secrecy, a familial disapproval of Romeo, and her assumption that Romeo is dead, leads her to taking her own life. As Friar Laurence puts it, “These violent delights have violent ends and in their triumph die, like fire and powder.” (2. VI.

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