Jila Rizvi Rizvi
Romeo & Juliet Essay
In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, two star-crossed teenagers find themselves drawn to each other despite their families wishes. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet are from two families that have been feuding over something so petty that Shakespeare does not even mention it because it doesn’t matter at this point. By act five Romeo and Juliet commit suicide one after the other. The suicidal impulse was a result of the fear of not being together. The need that Romeo and Juliet had to kill themselves if they couldn’t have each other wraps around the central theme of young love by.
In act three, Romeo fights Juliet’s cousin Tybalt and kills him. Romeo tried to refrain from fighting any of the Capulets, as he had just married Juliet. Tybalt, however, instigated a fight between himself and Mercutio, Romeo’s friend, and Tybalt killed him. Romeo, after avenging the death of his friend, received exile from Verona. Ignoring the fact that the Prince spared Romeo’s life, he takes the news of his banishment very negatively as if it was death. Romeo is shattered by the thought of being apart from Juliet:
“Ha! Banishment. Be merciful and say death”.
In this scene, Shakespeare shows the instability of a young man who is deeply infatuated with his new wife and can not rationally think of a solution. This is an example of Shakespeare depicting the reckless, self-destructive tendencies of young love.
To avoid marrying County Paris, Juliet concocts a plan with Friar Lawrence to fake her death, so she can leave and be with Romeo. She takes a potion that gives her the appearance of being dead. This plan starts work when Juliet’s parents believe that she is dead, but fails when Romeo, who was living in Mantua, hears that Juliet is actually dead. Romeo’s messenger boy, Balthasar, brings Romeo news that Juliet has died:
“ Her body sleeps in Capel’s Monument, I saw her laid low in her kindred's vault”.
This was supposed to be avoided by Friar Lawrence sending a letter which told Romeo the plan that Juliet had devised. Learning this, Romeo buys poison from an apothecary, and he kills himself at Juliet’s side :
“ oh apothecary! thy drugs are quick, Thus with a kiss I die.”(act five) .
This is another example of the self-destructive tendencies that result from young love.
Shakespeare depicts Romeo as a hopeless romantic. In the beginning of the play, Romeo is hung up on Juliet’s cousin, Rosaline. Rosaline rejects Romeo for chastity and he begins the play very glumly with this news. When he goes to Lord...