Romeo & Juliet

By: Jacob Elliott

Romeo and Juliet Summary

For my Romeo and Juliet summative paragraph, I've chosen to use the concept of feud as the blame/determining factor in what turns out to be a romantic tragedy. Throughout Shakespears play, it is obvious that Romeo's family, the Montagues, and Juliet's family, the Capulets have a history of hating one another. Had Shakespeare lived in America centuries later he might have written a play about the Hatfields and McCoys.

From the very beginning of the play in Act 1 Scene 1 feud is obvious. The prince is so worried that the feud get out of hand and disrupt the peace in the town of Verona, in Northern Italy. He threatens both the Montagues and Capulets with death if they do not agree to keep the peace. Also, In scene 3 of the 2nd act the evidence that the feud between the families has not stopped is noticeable. This plays out when Romeo goes to Friar Laurence finally convincing him to marry him and Juliet in secrecy. Friar Laurence finally agrees to preform the ceremony hoping that this will help in this long standing feud. The fateful deaths of Romeo and Juliet were caused directly by the feud between their respective families. Without all of their sneaking around making marriage plans, drinking secret potions, and an untimely early arrival by Romeo who had purchased a poison the deaths of Romeo and Juliet could have been avoided. However, Shakespeare would have then had to write a boring play with a happy ending that we would not be studying today.

Annabelle Lee Poem

The poem I chose to compare with Shakespeares romantic tragedy is titled Annabelle Lee written by Edgar Allen Poe. Again we find a couple that just aren't going to end up being together regardless of their love for one another. Lines 13 through 20 read as follows; And this was the reason that, long ago, In this kingdom by the sea, A wind blew out of a cloud by night Chilling my Annabel Lee; So that her high-born kinsman came And bore her away from me, To shut her up in a sepulcher In this kingdom by the sea. The poem, in this case Edgar Allen Poe suggests that the chilling wind blowing out of a cloud was killing his love Annabelle Lee. The in lines 17 and 18 Poe writes that her high born kinsmen took Annabelle Lee from him. High born meaning aristocratic or well to do. Here we have our evidence of a feud because Poe would not have pointed out that her kinsmen were high born unless his own kinsmen/family was not. Summarizing, while not as developed in the movie Titanic, nor in the poem Annabelle Lee I certainly think that there is enough evidence of a feud in both to compare to Shakespeares play, Romeo and Juliet.

The Titanic

I chose the movie The Titanic with what I believe to be a similar concept to Romeo and Juliet. While not exactly the same as two feuding families, the fate of Jack Dawson played by Leonardo DiCaprio and his love interest, Rose DeWitt Bukater, played by Kate Winslet, were sealed from the beginning even if the ship had not sank. The "feud" in the movie is really a clash between the haves and the have nots. Leonardo DiCaprio's character was a drifter and an artist with low economic means. Kate Winslet's character however, came from an upper-class family of wealth and status. It was only when they fell in love on the ill-fated maiden voyage of The Titanic that the feud between the upper and lower classes began. As with Romeo and Juliet, fate, arrives at the end of the movie causing the ship to sink and our hero to die.