Grade 10-1 English
25th May, 2018
Romeo and Juliet: Who's to blame?
The play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare has been considered to be the most touching love stories of all time, but upon closer inspection we realize this love story was doomed from the first day they met. Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy which involves star-crossed lovers from feuding families who end up killing themselves from the mere thought of life without one another. Shakespeare uses the term “star-crossed lovers,” as an allusion to the belief that stars and planets have the power to control events on Earth. Romeo and Juliet’s unfortunate ends can be partially considered as their own fault although other events and people play significant roles in it.
Romeo's hastiness leads him to his early death. An example of this is the agreement to marry Juliet on the night they met. Romeo did not think thoroughly about the idea and how it is going to affect both of their opposing families (Montague and Capulet). When he announced his decision to the Friar, the Friar immediately insists Romeo to take things " wisely and slow". Yet Romeo turns a deaf ear to that advice. He continues to act impetuously. After Romeo found out about Juliet’s death he did not see a reason to find out more information about Juliet’s death instead he proceeds to poisoning himself when Balthasar told him that Juliet was dead. It seems as though Romeo felt that the world was passing him, very quickly and there was no time for consideration and every decision had to be made in a hurry. This belief resulted in him dying, however other people and events play a part in why Romeo acts in this particular way.
When Juliet met Romeo her love for him changed her very quickly into an independent person. So quickly that it isolates her from any adult support or wisdom, which in turns killed her. In the beginning of the play she is a responsible and obedient daughter. When asked to marry Paris, Juliet’s reply was full of politeness and dutifulness. " I will look to like, if looking likely move. But no more will it endart mine eye"...