Tragic Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Tragic Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Tragedy was very popular in Shakespeare?s day. The majority had a climax at the end involving many dead bodies finishing on stage. Most other play writers at this time also wrote tragedies like John Webster who wrote ?the witch devil?. Romeo and Juliet was the first major tragedy. It was before ?the big four? which was Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet and King Lear which were written between (1600-1606).All of Shakespeare tragic heroes are doomed almost from the start due to a fatal flaw in their personality. E.g. Macbeth was too analytical, thoughtful, and not a man of action. Othello is overly jealous. Romeo is far too romantic, hasty and fickle. Maybe they were both doomed from the start. Fate is one of the key reason why the play ends in tragedy. The two families are rivals so it is fate from the start when they meet. ?His name is Romeo, and a Mountague, the son of your great enemy? The nurse says this to Juliet when Juliet meets Romeo for the fast time. In the scene it tells you the whole plot of the play so this is fate, we know from the beginning. ?From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life?. This is saying that 2 lovers from different families will take their lives to be together. Shakespeare used this to get the crowds attention because it mentions people dying which would get the attention of the audience.
Was it all written in the stars from the stars? Was there nothing they could do to stop it happening? ?And shake the yoke of unauspicious stars?. This means Romeo is annoyed with the stars because in their day they believed the stars mapped out all their future for them. A yoke is a burden. Romeo is saying he is trying to shake off the burden of the unauspicous stars. He wants to break away from the idea of the stars deciding everything. They are talking about welcome death before they even know they are going to die. Its like they are jinxing themselves. ?Come, death, welcome: and Juliet wills it so?. This is Romeo saying to Juliet the morning that Romeo has to leave Verona. Juliet is jinxing herself by saying ?Then, window, let in day, and let out life?. She is saying let out Romeo and let the sunlight from the window in. It is also saying that Romeo is life for her. He is what keeps her living. This is the last time she sees him. I think that fate was one of the main reasons for Romeo and Juliet?s death. Another reason why Romeo and Juliet?s lives came to an end so early was Adolescent passion and haste. The whole play happens in just one week and in that week 2 teenagers meet, marry and die. Teenagers when they meet someone they are attracted to and often think they are in love. ?Did my heart love till now?? Romeo says this when he meets Juliet for the first time at the party. He is saying that he loves her in the first 10 minutes of meeting her surely this is too hasty and a sign that there is some adolescent passion involved in this play. Earlier that day Romeo was saying how much he loved Rosalyn and now he is saying how desperately he is in love ten minutes after he meets Juliet. Romeo and Juliet are planning to get married after having only spent an evening together. ?Three words, dear Romeo, and Good night indeed. If that thy bent of love be honourable, thy purpose marriage, sent me word tomorrow.? Juliet says this the evening she met to Romeo. They are all ready planning a wedding after a few hours. It all seems to be happening a bit too fast. Romeo is convinced that he loves Juliet and thinks things are not happening too quickly. ?O let us hence I stand on sudden haste. Wisely and slow they stumble that run fast? Romeo says this to Friar Lawrence when he tells him to slow done. He is saying that those who act slowly and wisely make mistakes and those that don?t, survive. Friar Lawrence thinks that they are acting too quickly. ?Holy saint Francis, what a change is here, is Rosaline that thou didst love so dear, so soon for saken, young men?s love then lies? This is Friar Lawrence telling Romeo that he is going into to it quickly. It says that yesterday you were mad about Rosaline and now you are quick to change your mind and fall in love with Juliet. In Shakespeare?s day Fathers decided everything for their daughters from which parties they went to, to who they ended up marrying. If you didn?t do what you were told then you would be thrown out on the streets, left to fend for yourself. Juliet?s father chose who she was going to get married to. ?But fettle your fine joints ?ganist Thursday next to go with Paris to saint Peter?s church, or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither, Out, you green-sickness carrion! Out, you baggage! ?ou tallow-face!? This is Juliet?s dad telling Juliet she has to marry Paris or she will have no money, family or home. Juliet?s father decides when she is of age to marriage. ?she hath not seen the change of fourteen years let two more summers wither her pride ere we may think her ripe to be a bride?. This is when Juliet?s father is taking to her. This quote says Juliet is now ready to be married. If Juliet hadn?t gone to the church to marry Paris then her father would never face her again. ?hang thee young baggage! Disobedient wrench! Hell thee what; get thee to church o? Thursday, Or never after look me in the face. Speak not, reply not, do not answer me!? Here Juliet?s father tells Juliet if she doesn?t marry Paris he won?t look at her again. I think that Juliet?s father is trying to make Juliet do something she really doesn?t want to do and this pushes Juliet away from doing what he demands even more. Another reason why Juliet and Romeo died might have been the feud between their families. Romeo is always fighting with Tibalt ? Thou art a villain!?. This Tibalt talking to Romeo the day Romeo kills him. Both families are always quarrelling and I think this makes the situation even worse. If the Capulets and the Mountagues had got on to begin with then they wouldn?t of had to marry in secret and Romeo wouldn?t have been banished and so maybe Romeo and Juliet might not have ever died. Mercutio cursed both families. ?I warrant for this world. A plague o? both houses!? It could have been the curse that Mercutio put on the houses that doomed Romeo and Juliet. Maybe because they were such enemies all the deaths were doomed from the start. ?Form ancient grudge break to new mutiny?. This is the prologue warning us about the two rival families. Was it chance that Romeo and Juliet died, just bad luck and bad timing might have been the reason for the unfortunate deaths of the passionate couple. The non delivering of Friar Lawrence?s letter was chance. ? So fearful were they of infections Unhappy fortune! By may brotherhood, the letter was not nice, but full of charge, of dear import; and the neglecting it May do much danger. Friar John, go hence,? This is Friar Lawrence saying how important it is that Romeo gets and reads the letter. Also it says how dangerous it is if he doesn?t get it. It must have been chance that Baltasar was passing the church at Juliet?s funeral. ?Her body sleeps in capel?s monument And her immortal part with angels lives I saw her laid low in her kindred?s vault, And presently took post to tell it to you? This is Baltasar; Romeo?s best friend telling him that Juliet is dead. I think all of these reasons for the tragic death of these ?star-crossed lovers? are valid reasons. I think that Fate played a big part in the death as it might of all have been doomed form the start and also I think that chance is also a major reason. Most of the events that lead to their deaths happen by chance. All the reasons in the essay above combine to cause the deaths of the young lovers. Shakespeare uses relevant, descriptive and stimulating language to portray the reasons for Romeo and Juliet?s tragic deaths. ?Did my heart love till now?

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