Romeo's Tragedy: An Inquiry Of Death In Romeo And Juliet

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In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, many characters meet their tragic end as a result of a plethora of factors, from old rivalries to new love. It is a tragic story of two lovers, destined to complete each other, but also to end a bitter feud through their deaths (Prologue.3-6). However, if the blame had to be ascribed to one person in particular, that person would be Romeo Montague. Throughout the play, Shakespeare showcases Romeo’s irrationality and poor decision making, leading to the gruesome deaths of his loved ones. Romeo is most to blame for the tragic slew of deaths because he is oblivious, quick to act, and too urgent in his relationship.
Throughout the play, Romeo repeatedly ignores what is completely obvious. In the beginning, he refuses to accept that there are more girls in the world than just Rosaline. This is showcased when Benvolio tells him about how there are going to be many girls at the Capulet party, but Romeo ignores him (I.ii.4-9). This behavior shows that he is blinded by love, impairing his logic. This behavior escalates when he fails to see how dangerous it might be to be involved with a Capulet as a Montague, brought front and center when he goes to Juliet’s balcony knowing that she is a Capulet. If Romeo had chosen the obvious choice of staying away, then their relationship would have ended right there and then, saving both Juliet’s life as well as his own. Romeo’s ignorance climaxes in his final moments, when he finds Juliet’s supposedly dead body and says, “Death, that hath sucked the honey of thy breath, / Hath had no power yet upon they beauty. / Thou art not conquered. Beauty’s ensign yet/ is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks. / and death’s pale flag is not advanced there” (V.iii.101-5). In this scenario, Romeo himself acknowledges that her face is not showing any normal signs of death, showing how truly ignorant he is. If he had noticed these obvious signs, both of the lovers would have lived. This all is undeniable evidence that Romeo’s ignorance played a monumental role in the deaths of Juliet and him.
Romeo is an over reactive person, something that proves to be a problem throughout the story, both for him and for countless others. This is shown in his reaction to being banished from Verona: “Ha, banishment? Be merciful, say ‘death’; / for exile hath more terror in his look, / much more than death. Do not say ‘banishment’!” (III.iii.12-4). Of course, Romeo can easily live with being banished, as he is both young and wealthy, but his temper seems to get the best of him. Reactions like this are exactly what lead him to killing Tybalt and Paris. Another example is his heavy over reaction to the news of Juliet’s death: returning to Verona, a place that he will be killed for doing so. However, Romeo’s desperation proves that he is hell-bent on finding killing himself, and does not care who or what gets in his way, a huge over reaction to the loss of...

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