The Causes of the Tragedy in Romeo and Juliet
There are many causes to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet and throughout
the play Shakespeare's use of language hints to the eventual outcome.
One of the most important causes is the feud between the two families,
Capulet and Montague. It is a major cause because if the feud had not
existed then there would be more chance of Romeo and Juliet being able
to marry. Its importance is shown right at the beginning, during the
Prologue: "From forth the fatal loins of these two foes."
By showing its importance this early Shakespeare implies to the
audience that the "feud" will have an impact on the rest of the play.
Tybalt (Capulet): "As I hate Hell, all Montagues, and thee."
Using words like "hell", which is a strongly hated place in the eyes
of a Christian, as all Capulets and Montagues are, shows the degree of
hatred that Tybalt feels for the Montagues and anyone who supports
them. It creates an image of all Montagues being equal to hell and
makes the audience realise how serious the feud is.
Shakespeare's use of language shows that "Verona" is a violent place
by using the feud to add much more violence into the play that would
normally be found in a city. By using the feud to escalate the
violence, the violence in turn increases the repulsion of the two
Sampson (Capulets): "I will be cruel with the maids; I will cut off
This quotation is effective because of the emotive word used that
creates a scene of unnecessary violence. This scene of violence is so
unimaginable in our culture it shows how violent Verona must have
become to make this sort of violence even contemplatable. It shows
that Sampson may have been feeling quite reckless and that he didn't
find it difficult to consider murdering for no reason.
Shakespeare is saying, by using this quotation,
Juliet (Capulet): "If they do see thee, they will murder thee."
That the hatred between the two separate families is so great that if
a Montague is even found uninvited on the Capulets grounds that he
will be killed. This again is showing how extreme the violence is in
Verona. The effect this has on the audience is that they want to see
whether Romeo is caught so overall makes the scene much more intense.
Teenage love is Shakespeare's way of making Romeo and Juliet fall in
love so quickly and perhaps is the reason why the play is only four
days long. And also that they were being reckless because they were
young and never really stopped to think about what they were doing.
Friar Lawrence: "Young men's love then lies
Not truly in their hearts but in their eyes."
This quotation is referring to the way that Romeo is so fixed upon one
girl, Rosaline, and then suddenly is in love with Juliet and wants to
marry her. It...