Lies In Romeo And Juliet

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The story of Romeo and Juliet is the most well known and tragic tale of love to ever exist. Most say, that the two’s demise was written in the stars, that fate was the sole culprit of untimely death. However, this disregards other themes that take great precedent in the story, two powerful emotions, always warring, but without one the other could not exist. One on hand love, the word that embodies too many descriptions to ever communicate, but one will sacrifice anything and everything for it. Then there is hate. An all consuming evil, once again where everything and anything is done, but this time in order to hurt somebody, instead of save them. Both of these emotions, despite their evident differences, drive people to do crazy things as…show more content…
It was this way, for the Montagues and Capulets, Romeo and Juliet’s respective families, have been feuding for centuries. This long standing feud created deep set hate and resentment, pushing the families to even ban their children from being in love with the person they choose. As the lies are spun, situations become more confusing and more dangerous, the reason why this deception is culpable for Romeo and Juliet’s death. Many miscommunications stemmed from the numerous lies. One such example, is when Romeo received false information from Balthasar about Juliet being dead. The Friar and Juliet created a plan to fake her death in order to keep her from marrying Paris. This is another falsification created, for Juliet could not reveal the truth of her marrying Romeo. In compliance with the plan, Friar Lawrence attempted to send word to Romeo about Juliet’s intentions, but a complication occurred, disallowing the letter to be delivered to Romeo. Therefore, Romeo received information that Juliet was actually dead rather than faking her death. Romeo, acting impulsively and believing the falsification, moved to buy a “cordial poison [to take]/ To Juliet’s grave, for there,” he killed himself (V.ii.90-91). Following that, upon awakening and finding Romeo dead, Juliet did the same. If Juliet never formulated such a fiction, no miscommunication would have occurred, and the pair would not have perished. In addition, as Juliet continued to lie, she was unable to seek counsel from her parents, only from her nurse, which soon too disappeared, and from Friar Lawrence. This is not only a large burden and responsibility for the Friar, but if Juliet had revealed she was married to Romeo, her father would have never betrothed her to Paris. Upon hearing the news of the
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