What's Shakespeare purpose in Romeo and Juliet?

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I don't know what Shakespeare is trying to achieve, can anyone help me?
For example in Dr Jekyll and Hyde, Stevenson presents Utterson as a metaphor for Victorian gentleman. Through this Stevenson reveals the hypocrisy of Victorian gentleman.
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Is that the title of your essay?
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To entertain people
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I mean literally so often in A Level I would just say "Shakespeare may be trying to make such and such a point, but probably he didn't give a s**t and it was just for banter/to get a laugh/to entertain/to appeal to the masses and the nobility at once/etc"
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Is that the title of your essay?
I am not writing essay but I have been told that if you include authors purpose you get high marks so I was just thinking about Shakespeare's purpose in romeo and Juliet. E.g. Priestley purpose in an inspector calls is: Socialism, in favour of labour, disagreeing capitalism, how bourgeoise treat proletariat etc.
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Everyone has their own interpretation. Personally, I think Shakespeare is trying to show us the consequences of our actions. Lord Capulet and Lord Montague would have never imagined that their children would marry each other and as a result of their family feud, kill themselves. The consequence of the family feud is the death of their children. The consquence of Lord Capulet forcing Juliet to marry Paris was that she had to take the vial given by Friar Laurence and go through with the terrifying plan. The consequence of Romeo killing Tybalt was his banishment, which meant he wasn't in Verona when Juliet devised her plan. And although fate and time play apart in his death (the message of Juliet's plan not arriving on time) Romeo being in Verona, with Juliet, would have saved his life because he would have know about her plan. I think this point is really emphasised when the Friar says 'violent delights have violent ends.'

There are many other reasons behind the story of Romeo and Juliet, but I think this is one of the most important!
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Everyone has their own interpretation. Personally, I think Shakespeare is trying to show us the consequences of our actions. Lord Capulet and Lord Montague would have never imagined that their children would marry each other and as a result of their family feud, kill themselves. The consequence of the family feud is the death of their children. The consquence of Lord Capulet forcing Juliet to marry Paris was that she had to take the vial given by Friar Laurence and go through with the terrifying plan. The consequence of Romeo killing Tybalt was his banishment, which meant he wasn't in Verona when Juliet devised her plan. And although fate and time play apart in his death (the message of Juliet's plan not arriving on time) Romeo being in Verona, with Juliet, would have saved his life because he would have know about her plan. I think this point is really emphasised when the Friar says 'violent delights have violent ends.'

There are many other reasons behind the story of Romeo and Juliet, but I think this is one of the most important!
Thank you.
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