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Romeo and Juliet, is a story of two young lovers, whose love

was destined for destruction. They did not imagine that their love

would lead to the tragedies that it did. These two young people did

nothing wrong except fall in love. Three aspects of their destruction

included the feud between the two families, the nurse and her betrayal

of Juliet and the most important aspect of all is fate.

The feud between the two families was one factor that

contributed to the love of Romeo and Juliet being destined for

destruction. "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny". (Romeo &

Juliet, Prologue, pg.2 l.3) The two families, Montagues and Capulets,

had many problems. There was hate between the two families so much so

that even the servants hated each other. This feud would have caused

many problems for Romeo and Juliet: These two young lovers knew this

and this is why they kept their marriage a secret. If their parents

discovered their secret, they would have made their children's lives

miserable. Romeo and Juliet would not have been able to see each

other. Both of these families were very stubborn and there was hardly

any thing that would have made them become friends. In the prologue

we learn that the only way the "strife" could be ended was by the

deaths of Romeo and Juliet. "Doth with their death bury their

parent's strife". (Romeo & Juliet, Prologue, l.8) Neither the

Montagues or the Capulets would have accepted the marriage. Keeping

the marriage a secret caused Romeo and Juliet to turn to other people

for help. Sometimes these people gave them the wrong advice or just

betrayed them.

The Nurse was one of these characters who betrayed the young

couple. The Nurse who was also Juliet's friend turned against her at

a very crucial time. The Nurse told Juliet that it would be best if

she married Paris. "I think it best you married with the county".

(Romeo & Juliet, pg.101, III, v, l.219) This betrayal by the Nurse

left Juliet alone. She was a wise young woman but it still would have

been beneficial for her to have the help of the Nurse. Juliet was

left on her own to make some very important decisions. I believe that

if the Nurse had been around to help Juliet things may have turned out

differently. Juliet had no one to turn to and ask for help. She

could not have gone to her parents because they would not have

understood. The Nurse was supposed to be one of Juliet's best

friends. Now when it was important for Juliet to have someone there,

for her she was betrayed.

When considering the destruction of Romeo and Juliet the most

sifnificant fact you must think about is fate. Fate, above all,




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