William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet loved each other, but they knew that it wouldn't be
possible to have a relationship because of their feuding families.
Their deaths were tragic, as it was mainly the people around them that
made them so unhappy. They were so in love with each other that they
took risks to be together, which lead to their unfortunate deaths.
Romeo is a Montague. He falls in love with Juliet the moment he sees
her at a Capulet ball. Juliet is just under 14 years old, and a
Capulet, whose family are bitter enemies of the Montagues. As the
"From forth the loins of these two foes
A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life".
The words "star-crossed lovers" suggest that fate is an important
element in the events in the play, but the personalities of those
involved, particularly Romeo, play a vital role in the tragedy.
I think that Romeo should not have killed Tybalt, as the result of
Tybalt's death was Romeo's banishment. He could have left Tybalt to
the Prince's justice; he had decreed that if anyone disturbed the
peace their "lives shall pay the forfeit". I do think that Romeo can
be excused for killing Tybalt though, as Tybalt killed Romeo's best
friend, Mercutio, and Romeo was blind in a heat of passion. Although
Romeo, at the start of the play, may come across as a peaceful, loving
character, all six deaths in the play are linked to him in one way or
another. After Romeo killed Tybalt he blamed the stars because he
didn't want to accept responsibility for what he had done. Romeo's
recklessness is much to blame:
"O, I am fortune's fool".
He had tried to act as a peacemaker between Tybalt and Mercutio, but
his well-meaning interference led to Mercutio being stabbed "under
(his) arm". Romeo comes across with the attitude that he is not afraid
to take risks. Romeo and Juliet are both very rash and quick thinking
people; they do something and don't care about the consequences their
actions could have. For example, Romeo took a risk in getting caught
in the balcony scene, as Juliet said, "The orchard walls are high and
hard to climb, and the place death, considering who thou art, If any
kinsmen find thee here". He took another much greater risk when he was
in Juliet's bedroom on their wedding night and Lady Capulet almost
caught him. This attitude plays a big part in the events leading up to
their deaths. Another example of this attitude is that they both
rushed into getting married, even though they had only known each
other for a very short period of time. I also think Romeo was too
hasty in rushing back to Verona after hearing the news about Juliet's
death. If he had stayed in Mantua longer then both Romeo and Juliet
would have lived. Also, if he had a more 'easy going' personality,
maybe he would not...