The dramatic play of Romeo and Juliet, written by the famous English poet; William
Shakespeare in the mid 1590’s, is about two “star-crossed” lovers from rival families that have
despised each other since ancient times. The play takes place in the city of Verona, Italy where a
brawl engages the feuding families; the Capulets and the Montagues. The Prince, filled with
exasperation, explains that if anyone disrupts the peace once again, the punishment will be death.
Further into the play, lovers from the feuding families meet each other and instantly fall in love.
Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, are willing to do anything for love and will put their
trust in fate. Romeo and ...view middle of the document...
5.169). This demonstrates how frantic and stubborn her father is towards
pressuring Juliet to marry Paris. He is filled with such absurd exasperation that he threatens to
disown her, his only daughter, if she does not succumb to his will as stated “and you be not,
hang, beg, starve, die in the streets. For, by my soul, I’ll never acknowledge thee” (3.5.202-203).
This quotation demonstrates how persistent Lord Capulet is toward Juliet marrying Paris which
makes it more troubling for Juliet as the marriage seems to be set in stone. This is an excellent
example of how love does not run smoothly because Juliet’s feelings toward Romeo is
true love and this is why she went against her father’s will and married Romeo. This long spark
of true love does not last very long after a forceful marriage to Paris in line. Juliet becomes so
upset about this love triangle that she is willing to die for her true love as she cries out , “and
with this knife I’ll help it presently.” Through her father’s entanglement, the recipe of love
becomes complex, confusing, and ultimately, results in a disaster.
Romeo’s banishment from Verona creates trembling fear of love between him and Juliet.
A vicious fight engages in which one of Romeo’s good friends; Mercutio is slain by the hot
headed Tybalt. Romeo, filled with fury, seeks vengeance for this loss and in turn slays Tybalt. A
day before this encounter, a different brawl engages in which the prince puts an end to and
claims that if anyone sheds another’s blood, they shall die. Since Romeo slays Tybalt, the prince
shows sympathy for him because Mercutio was the prince’s cousin in which he loved so instead
of the black word death, he changes it to banishment, “immediately we do exile him hence. I
have an interest in your heart’s proceeding” (3.1.186-187). This portrays that the prince has
shown mercy towards Romeo ,and instead of receiving a death penalty, he is exiled. One would
be proud of this punishment but Romeo feels banishment is far worse than death as he wails“ ha,
banishment? Be merciful, say “death.” For Exile hath more terror in his look, much more than
death” (3.3.13-15). This quotation further shows how Romeo is irrational about his sentence
because he thinks that it is far worse to not see his love, Juliet, anymore. Realistically speaking,
he can still speak to Juliet outside of Verona walls...