Romeo and Juliet is a classic romance story by William Shakespeare about two star-crossed lovers, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, falling in love. Nevertheless, their two families have a vendetta against each other, making it difficult for Romeo and Juliet to ever truly be together. This romantic set-up has been used multiple times after Shakespeare, such as West Side Story. The story itself has very romantic and light-hearted moments, but a lot of issues that aren’t paid as much attention to can be calamitous. Despite a lot of the play exploring the positives and the beauty of love and romance, the real lessons from the story are found in the primitive and belligerent nature of the characters.
Destiny drives the play from when Romeo and Juliet have their first encounter at the banquet and they express their desirous romance. Fate pushes the play when Romeo, Mercutio and Tybalt begin a battle and results in the death of Tybalt and Mercutio. Destiny also steers the play especially when the messenger misses Romeo and does not explain that Juliet is not truly dead. The last fateful event in the play is Romeo’s and Juliet’s death, without the destined events before, they would not have died for each other. The famous playwright portrays this theme by using intricate literary devices to build up the events through the theme of destiny which eventually leads towards the tragic ending.
Intro Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story about two star-crossed lovers. This play involves love, hate, death, violence, vengeance, and betrayal. Before Romeo and Juliet met, Romeo was in love with another girl called Rosalind. He was quite heartbroken when he was rejected as shown in this sentence in Act 1 Scene 1 “Out of her favour, where I am in love.” and “Alas, that love, whose view is muffled still, Should, without eyes, see pathways to his will!”.
Throughout the course of Romeo and Juliet, the two individuals fall hard for each other, inevitably resulting in their deaths, allowing them to be together. Romeo speaks aloud, “Will I set up my everlasting rest, And shakes the yoke of inauspicious stars… A dateless bargain to engrossing death” (V, iii, 119-124). It can be inferred from the previous evidence that Romeo will do anything to defy fate and destiny, a power often vested in the movement of stars, to be with Juliet. Death has become an act of love for Romeo.
Sometimes, impatience can lead to tragic events. In the play, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, two star-crossed lovers attempt to be together but a family feud between the Montague and Capulet houses eventually causing the two, Romeo and Juliet, to end up in despair. Romeo’s impatience is the tragic flaw that leads to his and Juliet’s death, and is relevant throughout the play because of his actions. If Romeo had not been so impatient, then the play could have turned out differently and for the best instead of the demise that he and Juliet meet. “We met, we wooed, and made exchange of vow/...thou consent to marry us today”(Shakespeare 2.3.62).
William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet: a tragic tale of two paramours with a love so fatal, it ended in their own death. A death so full of love, that it cured the rift between the two families that had made it so lethal in the first place. This essay will be focusing on the the strategies used, by comparing two different adaptations of Romeo and Juliet, to create dramatic tension in the famous entitled ‘Balcony Scene’ or Act II Scene ii. Shakespeare’s intention in this scene was to showcase how raw, beautiful, and terrifying love really is: Romeo listens to Juliet, from the shadows, speaking of her beauty admiringly, even though he knows she cannot hear him, as she comes to a conclusion with herself on her feelings about him. When Romeo reveals himself to Juliet, it’ scary–not because he scared her per say, but rather it’s scary to think what would happen to him if he were to be caught: their families hate each other.
Just when you think that everything in your life is going perfectly fine, boom! Everything is falling apart and it feels as though your life might just be coming to an end. Could you have prevented these misfortunes? Or was your fate completely based on your actions? In the play Romeo and Juliet, the two “star-crossed lovers” think that they have everything all figured out, but eventually find themselves in a “death-marked love” meaning that their lives come to an unfortunate and sudden death.
Another important external aspect is the time. It is a love characterized by the rush that seems to lead to the fatal ending. They marry the next day they met and even the two lovers realize the hurry of their acts. For example, Romeo defines his love as: “A lightning before death: O, how may I Call this a lightning?” and Juliet as: “too rash, too unadvised, too sudden; Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be Ere one can say 'It lightens” (Act II, scene II). We can see that Shakespeare relates the young love to impulsiveness and rush and represents how this is lamented.
Within the first couple of lines a Capulet named Sampson says, “I will push / Montague’s men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the / wall” (1.5.15-17). This exemplifies the significance of the feud and how it relates to the lovers. The irrationality of the situation causes the observers to be so compelled and fascinated to cogitate the possible consequences of Romeo and Juliet’s predicament. In the following act, Romeo begins to concede his love for Juliet in the infamous balcony scene. Until this particular moment, Romeo is equivocal of her love for Rosaline and immediately admires Juliet from the moment they first meet.
Upon seeing Juliet for the first time, he fell completely in love with her. Within his first conversation with Juliet, he confessed his love for her by saying, “I ne’er saw true beauty till this night”(Romeo & Juliet. 1.5.51). He then goes on to propose the idea of marriage, and, later in the play, marries her. The fact that Romeo fails to comply with the rule that a Montague and Capulet cannot marry shows his impulsivity.
Romeo and Juliet fell in love within mere seconds, without contemplating the consequences the love may cause. Willing to “Deny thy father and refuse thy name,” Juliet sacrifices her family for the adolescent romance (2.2.37). Passion blinds Juliet from reality, causing her to disregard their family complications. The young love promotes Juliet to risk her family for this young infatuation she possesses with Romeo. Ever since they laid eye’s on one another, Romeo and Juliet continuously formulate careless decisions, such as determining to get married.
Benvolio: Out of her favor. (1.1.163-166) In the play, Romeo was experiencing a one sided love, and to protect his heart, Benvolio told Romeo to look for a new companion. Though this may be a heartfelt and sad scene, Shakespeare used the pun to inject humor.
He then pulls her aside and before he kisses her, he says, “If I profane with my unworthiest hand/ This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this,/ My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand/ To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.” (1.5. 92-95) This quote proves how quickly Romeo can fall in love.
In Shakespeare 's acclaimed romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, the death of the two main characters can be attributed to two things. Their love for each other, and the social expectations of their time. A love so powerful, yet unthinkable sustains irrational thinking and impulsive actions, and results in the suicides of Juliet and Romeo. Social expectations of their time only add fuel to the flames, in that it gives them cause to kill themselves and pressures them into it. The tragic death of the two lovers Romeo and Juliet could be the fault of their love for one another.