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Why did Romeo and Juliet die?

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Why did Romeo and Juliet die? What caused Romeo and Juliet's deaths? Who is to blame? These are two very common questions which have been studied for many years, and the outcomes of these investigations have all been very different; some people say that their deaths were caused by themselves, by their own passion of teenage love, many people lay the blame on them two... then there's others that say it was because of the feud between the two families, some lay the blame on the fathers since in those times they had practically complete power and control over their daughters, and many other little things; could it have been love itself? All these people supporting these possibilities have evidence to prove their ideas, but I haven't found anything that convinces me otherwise than that their deaths were caused by pure and simple fate, bad timing and bad luck. These two young lovers were nothing but ��a pair of star-crossed lovers��, as said in the prologue in line 6. Romeo and Juliet, from the opening scenes of the play, these two children of ever-fighting families were destined to fall in love with each other and eventually die together. How does the reader see this? How do we know it was fate which triggered these events? ...read more.


Romeo's banishment (brought about by the death of Tybalt, which was caused by the death of Mercutio) initiated the Friar's scheme which eventually leads the two lovers to their deaths. In reuniting the two lovers, timing played the largest role in deciding if they would live or die. Friar Laurence had two chances to deliver the message to Romeo regarding Juliet's present state. The first and most practical method of sending this message was through Romeo's ''man'', Balthasar. The second method was to send the message with Friar John. Timing, again, was an important factor in both of these events, which failed. Friar Laurence had missed his opportunity to send the message with Balthasar and reverted to sending it with Friar John, but as fate would have it, Friar John was locked up in a condemned house because of some plague. As a result, Romeo received the wrong information, but not on purpose, once again, fate's act. The only information he received from the unsuspecting Balthasar was that Juliet was dead. There are two important points to note in this area of the play. One being the reference to star-crossing made by Romeo when he heard of Juliet's death, ''Is it even so? Then I defy you, stars.''(V, I, 24). The second being that when Romeo received the poison he states, ''Come cordial, and not poison, go with thee.'' ...read more.


and kill herself. If the Friar had not left he would've convinced Juliet not to kill herself as he did with Romeo in Act III, Scene III. To prove Romeo and Juliet to be a tragedy we must first prove that their death was caused by circumstances beyond their control or more simply, by destiny. The events which lead up to Romeo and Juliet's death are all inter-related. If any of the events were absent from the list, the events following that would not have happened. The list, as mentioned before, is as follows; meeting, separation, reunion and their suicides. Romeo and Juliet's meeting has been proved to be by coincidence. If Romeo and Benvolio had not ''bumped'' into the Capulet servant the events would not have unfolded the way they did. Romeo and Juliet had been separated because of the Prince had ordered it, what makes this unusual is that in Act I, Scene I, the Prince's warning indicated that further violent confrontations would result in death. Romeo did not receive the message from the Friar in act V, Scene I, because of coincidence. If he had received the message, the Friar's scheme would've gone as planned. Coincidence is exceedingly evident when Romeo enters the tomb to die with Juliet as proven earlier. As the coincidences in the novel build up, the reader's idea of reality changes, and enables Shakespeare create one of his greatest tragedies, Romeo and Juliet. Salvador Stamatti English ...read more.

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