Act III The Downfall. Scene I. “A plague o'both your houses” [pg. 123] “O, I am fortune's fool!” [pg. 125] This scene is a reminder to the audience that Romeo and Juliet's lives/love affair is occurring in a male dominated society
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Throughout the play, Shakespeare consistently links the intensity of young love with suicidal impulses. Romeo's threat of suicide in scene III, for instance, clearly illustrates and foreshadows R&J's suicide in Act V. Time and time again, Shakespeare illustrates that suicide is the only response to the overwhelming experience that is brought upon by [young] love.Something to Think About...