Throughout time, there has been many tragedies caused by romance. William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is great example of romantic tragedy. In the play, Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare, two feuding families cause tragic results for their children, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. THe events contrast hatred and revenge with love and a secret marriage, forcing the young lovers to die tragically in despair. The deaths of Romeo and Juliet can be blamed upon Friar Lawrence, the parents of Romeo and Juliet, and Tybalt.
The feud also caused the fights which led to Romeo’s banishment. Friar Lawrence allowed Romeo and Juliet to get married in secret which caused conflict in the story. The feud and Friar Laurence are to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. The feud prevented Romeo and Juliet from being happily married. In Act I scene v,Juliet says, “My only love, sprung from my only hate!
/ ...he is not the flower of courtesy” (40). The nurse is now saying that she thinks Juliet made the wrong choice choosing Romeo and she should have chosen her family's recommendation, Paris. After the news of Romeo being exiled is delivered to Juliet, Juliet breaks down. The nurse then tells Juliet she will “find Romeo/ to comfort [her]” (52). The nurse once again takes action to bring Romeo
“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!
Fate is a power that some people believe determines a person’s future. In the play Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare, fate prevents Romeo’s and Juliet’s intense love. The play is about these two teenagers during the Renaissance who fall in love, but they are from different families, Capulet and Montague who are in a prolonged quarrel. Despite the obstacles, Romeo and Juliet wed and a sequence of events cause Romeo and Juliet both to die. There are multiple occasions where fate gets in the way of Romeo and Juliet such as when Romeo killed Tybalt, Romeo being banished, Juliet being forced to marry Paris, the failure of Romeo being informed of Juliet’s fake death and Romeo killing himself.
The Nurse attempts to train Juliet to be more rational through telling her to marry County Paris instead of being with Romeo. After Juliet marries Romeo, he engages in a quarrel which results in the deaths of Mercutio, a close friend to Romeo, and Tyablt, Juliet’s cousin, as well as his banishment from Verona. Because of this, the Nurse tries to coerce Juliet into marrying County Paris, a kinsman to Prince Escalus, the Prince of Verona. Through logic and reason, she deduces that County Paris is better marriage material and that Juliet is “happy in this second match/ for it excels her first” (III.V.225-226) Feeling betrayed by her confidante, Juliet turns to the help of the local monk, Friar Lawrence, without the Nurse’s knowing. Friar Laurence devises a plan in order to reunite the two lovers.
“Romeo, who lies there dead, was the husband of that Juliet. And she, who lies there dead, was that Romeo’s faithful wife. I married them; their secret wedding day was the day Tybalt died. His untimely death caused the bridegroom to be banished from the city,”(5.3.281, Shakespeare) In William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, the deaths of the two title characters are both Romeo and Juliet. Much could have been done to prevent their suicides, but these “star-crossed lovers” ultimately are not able to avoid their destiny.
Much like in Romeo and Juliet, an arranged marriage can be seen when Lord Capulet decides that Juliet should marry Count Paris regardless of the fact that she doesn’t like him and is already married to her one and only true love Romeo. Most of the time the father is seen choosing for his daughter. This is still seen today in some cultures where the young girl is forced to be married to a person she has never met. The child can be married at the age of 15 or higher. Arranged marriages by parents shouldn’t be allowed because it increases the risk of suicide, it determines if a person must move back to the country where their parents live, and it causes depression in women.
Romeo avenges Mercutio’s death by killing Tybalt, which led to Romeo being exiled to Mantua. Romeo’s banishment created a flawed plan, nevertheless Mercutio was the root of Romeo’s banishment. It might seem that Friar Laurence was most responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s death. It’s true that Friar Laurence was the one who secretly married Juliet to Romeo resulting in Juliet having to take a potion that put her to sleep for 48 hours in order to avoid marriage to Paris. Nevertheless, Mercutio compelled Romeo to be a guest at the Capulet’s party where he met Juliet and their risky relationship started.
As the Montague and Capulet families have an ongoing feud, and Romeo and Juliet belong to opposite sides, it is inevitable that Juliet will have to choose between her family and husband at some point. Thus, when a situation such as this one occurs, her loyalty has proven to be more towards Romeo than her parents. To begin, one instance in which Juliet shows her loyalty to Romeo is when her parents want her to marry Count Paris, but she defies them and marries Romeo instead. She blatantly goes against their wishes and stays loyal to Romeo. While arguing with her parents on the issue, Juliet says, “‘I pray you, tell my lord and father, madam, I will not marry yet; and, when I do, I swear, It shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate, Rather than Paris.
The first event that would make Lord Capulet responsible is, Juliet was put in a very bad position because of Lord Capulets threats. She decided that she had to fake her death to get out of the marriage with Paris. This would benefit Juliet greatly because she would get out of town and she could live her own life with Romeo. “Hold, then. Go home, be merry, give consent to marry Paris.
Friar Laurence states ¨in one respect I´ll assist be; For this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households rancor to pure love¨(980) This is saying that not knowing what marrying Romeo and Juliet could cause, but he did it anyway. Little did he know that is would wound up with both of them dead. He thought that if they were married, nothing could go wrong. The friar thought there would be a happily ever after. If he never married them, then Juliet would learn that she has to do what she told, and not go behind her parents back.
The two get married without telling anyone. Juliet’s father, Lord Capulet, then order that she marry Paris, another Capulet. Juliet does not want to marry Paris. Juliet goes to Friar Laurence for a solution, so she will not have to marry Paris; his idea is to make her appear dead. She accepts the plan and drinks the poison that Friar gives her.
The Fatal Flaws of Romeo Have you ever loved someone so much that you would be willing to give your life to be with them? In Shakespeare’s compelling play, Romeo and Juliet, that was the decision that Romeo and Juliet had to make. Romeo and Juliet were born into families that had been hostile toward each other for generations. When Romeo, a member of the Montague family, met Juliet, of the Capulet family, he immediately wanted to marry her despite their opposing families. Juliet’s father, Lord Capulet, had already decided he would marry her off to Paris, a member of the Capulet family, so Juliet decided to run away.
Another example of fate in the story is when Romeo sees Juliet at her (Capulet’s) party and the first thing he asked himself was “my heart love till now?” (pg. 500). Romeo believed it was the fate for him to see Juliet at the party. The last example of fate in the story of Romeo and Juliet is when “speed to mantua was stayed” (pg.586) when the letter to Romeo did not deliver in time. The letter explained Juliet’s plan to fake her death and how she is actually alive.