25 September 2017
Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare. The play is about the power of love, or forbidden love, and how it affected the lives of the Capulets and Montagues. Most of the decisions made by the characters in Romeo and Juliet are quickly made commitments without much thought put into them, which causes lots of catastrophe in the play. The play, set in Verona, Italy begins with a street brawl between the Montague and Capulet servants who, like their masters are sworn enemies. Prince Escalus of Verona steps in and proclaims that further breach of peace will be punishable by death.
Many people in Verona live in an ambience of feud that is exhaustive. It makes the scene expressed as “the fair Verona” bitterly sarcastic. The author remarked that it is the place “where civil blood makes hands unclean” which we can assume is the author unambiguous attitude towards the society. Shakespeare reveals the negative principles that Verona’s society is based on in the statements, actions, and judgements of the different characters, nobility and servants alike.
Consumed by hatred, the two families, both Capulet and Montague involved their families and even servants in this cycle of hatred. Much blood was spilled before both families ended their juvenile feud. Mercutio, Tybalt, Paris, Romeo, and Juliet all died because of their family’s violent feud. If the Capulets and Montagues had made peace maybe they could have stopped all of the bloodshed and celebrated the purest form of peace; friendship.
In Act 2, Scene 2 Juliet tells Romeo, “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name. Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.” This Scene is basically indicating that she will love Romeo no matter what and that she is even willing to marry him, disobey her father and become a Montague. Juliet and Romeo not only want to fall in love and get married but also want to get rid of their family feud because it has affected their lives and many others. In Act 2, Scene 3 Romeo tells Friar Lawrence, “I have been feasting with my enemy. Suddenly someone wounded me with love and was wounded with love by me. You have the sacred power to cure both of us. I carry no hatred, holy man, because my request will benefit my enemy.” This states that Romeo was loving his family’s enemy, the Capulets, and they both are hurting each other by loving each other, and he’s asking Friar Lawrence to help them fix their love.
The Capulets and Montagues will not stop the feud and hatred especially Tybalt. Tybalt found Romeo sneaking into the Capulet’s party that they threw for the city. Romeo was in love with a Capulet named Rosaline so he decided to go to the party and see if he could find another love, but Tybalt ending up finding Romeo sneaking in, Romeo oblivious to the fact that Tybalt had seen him and his friends looks for Juliet...