The Reasons Behind the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet
"From forth the fatal loins of these to foes
A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Doth with their death bury their parent's strife."
From the opening scenes of the play it is made clear that these two
children of the feuding families were destined to fall in love and
eventually die together, but was it the actions of their friends that
brought about their deaths or could it be that their deaths were just
Most people choose to believe that they have a sense of responsibility
and can control their own lives; they suppose that their problems are
caused by their own actions or by those influencing them. In my
opinion though, Romeo and Juliet had no control what so ever, fate
brought them together - their lives were already mapped out for them
and there was nothing to impair this.
Romeo and Juliet could not have avoided coming in contact with each
other, they were brought together by uncontrollable circumstances
There were many events that conspired against Romeo and Juliet, for
example the family feud. The brawl in Act 1 Scene 1 is ceased by
Prince Escales who said
"If you ever disturb our streets again,
Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace."
However the Prince failed to stay loyal to his word, Romeo's
banishment and the fate involved with it is a prime factor in the
deaths of Romeo and Juliet. In Act1 Scene1 the Prince's words were
quite the contrary. Was it intentional that a man of such high
standard would go back on his word? However, if Mercutio had not
taunted Tybalt in town whilst out with Romeo and Benvolio, Romeo would
never of got into his fight with Tybalt and therefore would not have
been banished. Perhaps, however, the fight initiated by Mercutio that
hapless day was inevitable: could it be that Romeo was somehow
destined to be exiled?
Romeo's famous words in Act3 Scene1 signify the point in the play
where the tragedy really begins.
"This day's black fate on moe days doth depend
This but begins the woe others must end"
Romeo's exile poisons all possibility of happiness for himself and
Juliet. His exile causes Juliet great sorrow, greater than if he had
been executed. Her parents, Lord and Lady Capulet were oblivious to
the fact that Juliet was pining for Romeo and not Tybalt. They did not
even consider her feelings when arranging her marriage to Paris, but
why were they so determined? Was it because they loved their daughter
and wanted to see her happy? No, Capulet only agreed to the marriage
because Paris was of a higher status than them, so it would increase
theirs in turn. Capulet did not care whether Juliet loved him or not,
for she did not have a choice of whom she was to be married to. As a...