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"Love is doomed to failure in both "Romeo and Juliet" and "C

            "Love is doomed to failure in both "Romeo and Juliet" and "Cal".
             Compare the treatment of this theme by Shakespeare and Bernard Maclaverty.
             Romeo and Juliet is the most famous love story in the English literary tradition. In Romeo and Juliet, love is a violent, ecstatic, overpowering force that supersedes all other values, loyalties and emotions. In the course of the play, the young lovers are driven to defy their entire social world: families ("Deny thy father and refuse thy name," Juliet asks, "Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, / And I"ll no longer be a Capulet"); friends (Romeo abandons Mercutio and Benvolio after the feast in order to go to Juliet's garden); and ruler (Romeo returns to Verona for Juliet's sake after being exiled by the Prince on pain of death). In comparison to Shakespeare's Renaissance play, Cal was written at a very different time in a very different style. Bernard McClaverty's novel, Cal, was published in 1983 based in a small Ulster town during "troubles" with the IRA. Cal's unfulfilled love for Marcella is caused by social situations, particularly religion and Cal's forced recruitment to the IRA. .
             Shakespeare's tragedy is a dramatic twist of desire, murder, exile and suicide all provoked by a passionate love, which only lasts five days. The development of love in Cal is set over six months, lacking the dramatic excitement of a play, but enhanced by genuine realism. Romeo and Juliet and Cal are linked; both portray a love across a divide. In other words we see two lovers in both stories that cannot maintain a loving relationship, because of their differences. Also, both stories have an unhappy ending where we see the story end with a result of the lovers dieing or being separated. Romeo and Juliet is based in the beautiful Italian city of Verona. The characters have a high status; both families are wealthy and important within the city. Shakespeare concentrates on the doomed love between the young lovers.

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