First, the author states, “From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,/Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.” (Prologue.3-4). Shakespeare attributes the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet as stemming from “ancient grudge”, which is the long-lasting feud between the two families. He then suggests that it is the “civil hands” or family members, who brought them to their deaths. In addition, Shakespeare gives the spoiler that, “A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life.” (Prologue.6). This is something a typical modern-day playwright wouldn’t do.
Friar Lawrence is responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet in William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Though the Friar is trying to help Romeo and Juliet, he is the catalyst of their destruction. Friar Lawrence’s hubris starts the chain reaction of tragic events for these “two star crossed lovers” (Prologue. 6). He then performs the marriage of Romeo and Juliet and even fabricates a foolish plan to keep them together when Juliet is forced to marry Paris.
As mentioned previously, this is a critical scene in Act Five, Scene Three that creates a domino effect starting with Romeo's death, followed by Juliet's. The tragedy of the scene lies in its unfortunate timing, resulting in their deaths. Although the unfortunate timing may appear to be a coincidence, the never ending obstacles in their relationship affirm that Romeo and Juliet's love is ill-fated and not meant to be. Moreover, this scene is followed by flash frames of the poison and sword that Romeo and Juliet respectively use to commit suicide (2.02). The short length and speed of these flash frames further intensifies this domino effect, thereby reflecting the rapid development of Romeo and Juliet's romance leading up to their tragic fate.
Here Juliet means that when she learned Romeos name it was too late, she has fallen under a spell of love. There are a few negative thoughts about Romeo and Juliet’s forbidden relationship. Friar Lawrence even warns Romeo to be careful about the marriage of him and Juliet “These violent delights have violent ends” (Shakespeare 856). Friar means that this is a marriage between these two families filled with hatred along with this history between them, the happy couple won’t last for long, and surely this will end badly. Romeo is impulsive, not only when he kisses Juliet, but also when he talks to Tybalt “Tybalt, the reason that I have to love the doth much excuse the appertaining rage” (Shakespeare 865).
In Act Three Scene One, Fate is foreshadowing the death of the two lovers. Immediately after he kills Tybalt in a duel, Romeo declares he is "fortune's fool" (A3S1 line 142). This seems to suggest that fate or "fortune" is responsible for Tybalt's death, not Romeo. In Act 3 scene 5, Juliet says she has an “ill-diving soul” and that she will see Romeo next in a tomb. She is foretelling the future, which means fate is affecting her thoughts and ideas.
The citizens stain their hands with blood of fellow citizens. But Romeo the son of the Montague and Juliet the daughter of the Capulet become lovers and commit suicide. Which unfortunately ends the feud between the two families. They had and not so happy ending. In the beginning of the play, the motif time is revealing through figurative language.
These Violent Means Have Violent Ends Shakespeare is known for creating epic fatal heroes in his tragedies from “Macbeth” to “Hamlet”; does Romeo fit among these two tyrants? Romeo and his family have a high standing title in their time, which is the first component of a tragic hero. Moreover, Romeo exhibits a fatal flaw of impulsiveness. This impulsive nature leads to the disastrous death of Romeo Montague. In the play “Romeo and Juliet”, Romeo is the tragic hero.
Romeo and Juliet’s Impermanences William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, a tragic play between two star crossed lovers, portrays the death and impermanence of both Romeo and Juliet. Belonging to rival families, Romeo and Juliet must see each other in private. Romeo and Juliet, meeting at a party, fall deeply in love with each other and end up marrying. But due to the mindless killing of Juliet’s cousin, this marriage is short ended as the city exiles Romeo. This leads Juliet to fake her death to be with Romeo, but due to an misunderstanding, Romeo poisons himself.
Throughout William Shakespeare’s work, there is a common theme of the character’s sealing their fate through their own decisions. This was what happened in Romeo and Juliet. The impulsive decisions made by Romeo and Juliet, including the fight between Mercutio and Tybalt, the Friar’s plan, and Romeo’s suicide, ultimately lead to the fate of many characters. Romeo’s hot temper led to the death Mercutio and Tybalt by interjecting into an argument and then acting out upon his emotions. Romeo sees Mercutio and Tybalt fighting, and decides to get into their middle of it.
Mercutio’s response to his fate, however, is notable in the ways it differs from Romeo’s response. Romeo blames fate, or fortune, for what has happened to him. Him slaying Tybalt was his fate. This then leads to probably the most fatal and important part of Act III… The prince banishing Romeo. Because of this only do Romeo and Juliet die, because Romeo is in another city they can’t communicate properly and the two star-crossed lovers commit suicide.