The Tragic Deaths of Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet, two young and helpless star-crossed lovers that deal
with war, rivalry, death and tragedy throughout the play. Whom is to
blame for the traggic death of both? Their raging parents that are
never settled? Friar Lawrence that married them both? The old nurse
that cares for Juliet? Or is it all just bad luck and a coincidence?
Shakespeares' intention of the play suggests that everything is all
down to Fate and the stars. Right at the start of the play, the
Prologue says that Romeo and Juliet are doomed to die.
''From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;'' Prologue 5 and 6
This suggests that the Prologue is saying the stars control Romeo and
Juliet's lives, and the stars are against them. This is similar to
astrology - believing you can read what will happen in the pattern of
the stars. Romeo seems overly obsessed with the idea that the stars
control everything. The first time he mentions it is when he's talking
to Mercutio on the way to the Capulets' party:
''...my mind misgives
Some consequence yet hanging in the stars
Shall bitterly begin his fearful date
With this night's revels'' Act 1, Scene 4, 106-109
Romeo is a dreamer and believes in the stars determine everything.
''And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars
From this world-wearied flesh.'' Act 5, Scene 3, 111-112
Romeo has just found Juliet and thinks that she is dead. He is about
to kill himself, and says he wants to be free from his unlucky stars.
He is saying in this quotation that even if he does not choose to kill
himself now, Fate will do something else terrible to him later.
Love is the main reason for this play. Romeo and Juliet are deeply in
love and would do anything they could to help eachother.
''O she doth teach the torches to burn bright!'' Act 1, Scene 5, 43
Romeo describes Juliet as a light in darkness. It makes Juliet and her
name sound more beautiful and shows how she stands out from everything
When Romeo is outside Juliet's bedroom window he says:
''But soft,what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.'' Act 2, Scene 2, 2-3
As it is night-time Romeo is looking forward to seeing Juliet - like
looking forward to dawn. When Romeo thinks Juliet is dead he still
sees her as a source of light:
''For here lies Juliet, and her beauty makes
This vault a feasting presence full of light.'' Act 5, Scene 3, 85-86
Love is shown as a kind of madness : when romeo's in love with
Rosaline and being moody, Benvolio teases him, saying ''Why, Romeo,
art thou mad?''
In Act 2, Scene 6, Friar Lawrence is concerned that Romeo is too
deeply in love, and warns him to keep control of his passions.
'' These violent delights...