In Act I scene v,Juliet says, “My only love, sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me. That I must love a loathed enemy.” this quotation explains that Juliet is forbidden to be in love with Romeo since He is a Montague. in Act II Romeo went to see Friar Lawrence about marriage.
Firstly, Friar Laurence married Romeo and Juliet knowing that their families hated each other and that it could end very poorly (Shakespeare 944-45). Friar knew this was a bad idea, but he continued with it and married the two. However, if he did not do this he would never be in trouble and Romeo and Juliet would then have to get married the ordinary way, thus, letting both families know. Next Friar decides to give Juliet a vial which will put her in a death-like state and sends a letter to Romeo about the plan, but it does not get to him (Shakespeare 993-1012). If Friar Laurence did not give Juliet the vial, Romeo would not kill himself because he thinks Juliet is dead.
“For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” (740) William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, is the tale of two star-crossed lovers from Verona who love each other despite their feuding families, but ultimately meet their end. Romeo and Juliet are predestined to die because of fate, but the foolish mistakes and reliance on luck and chance by multiple characters are what contribute to the star-crossed lovers’ destinies coming true. Throughout the play, fate ensures that Romeo and Juliet will come to their demise. Romeo says this quote, “Alive, in triumph! And Mercutio slain!
The conflict between fate and free will manifests itself through the turmoil caused by the lovers in Romeo and Juliet to go against what is expected. The two families in the play have a longstanding feud, when two children from different sides fall in love by chance. These starcrossed lovers go to extreme lengths to be together, even going against what seems to be their apparent fate of never being together. This eventually results in their demise. Their apparent fate is that they will forever love each other, but never be able to be together.
Fate is the only thing that one could blame for this tragedy. says to Romeo, “These violent delights have violent ends”. This is foreshadowing both Romeo and Juliet’s death by saying that the heavens have given Romeo a blessing, but every delight must come to an end. As Friar Lawrence tries to help Juliet, he could come to make things worse instead of better. His plan has many complex situations that could lead to having a bigger problem.
Is death worth proving love? In the play Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, all Romeo and Juliet do is try to prove their love to each other. A family feud between the Capulets and the Montagues continues to trail on, making Romeo and Juliet’s love forbidden, until death ends it all. Many are at fault such as: Juliet’s nurse that acts the messenger between the two teens, or Balthazar who goes behind Lord Montague’s back to keep the secret of Romeo and Juliet’s marriage. Nonetheless one person is at most to blame and his name is Friar Lawrence.
Paradox in Romeo and Juliet shows that there are different kinds of characteristics in shakespeare. Shakespeare uses paradoxes to show differences between the two leading families in the story of romeo and juliet. For example “love and hate” shows that romeo and juliet are truly in love but the families are enemies and don't get alone with each other at all. Many of these feelings are opposite such as “loving hate” or “happiness and sadness” for example when juliet finds out that Romeo is a montague she exclaims that “My only love is sprung from my only hate” then that leads to a discussion with Friar Lawrence. Friar Lawrence uses paradox when he describes earths as a nature's tomb and womb because the tomb reflects images of death while a womb
Friar Lawrence advised Romeo and Juliet to get married despite the ongoing feud between their families. Out of pure selfishness the Friar married them because in his mind if he could bring the two houses together, he would be considered a hero. The Friar not once considered what may happen if his plan were to backfire and do the opposite. “For this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households’ rancor to pure love” (Shakespeare 411). The friar marrying Romeo and Juliet was the first step into the domino affect of their
This is indeed one of the worst decisions Romeo makes during the play, for in the end, it was really fate which caused the “Star-Crossed Lovers” to first meet. If Romeo had taken the time to completely evaluate how precarious it was to attend a party hosted by the Montagues largest foe, he would’ve resisted going to the event, preventing the feud between him and Tybalt, and causing him to never meet Juliet, who was to be married to Paris. Poorly thought out decisions were made between Romeo and Juliet, when they fell in love without getting to know each other first. Romeo even explains the danger and agony of love when he says “Is love a tender thing? It is too rough/ Too rude, too boist’rous, and it pricks like a thorn”(I.iv.25-26).