Site Loader
Rock Street, San Francisco

In a world where divorce rates continue to raise at an alarming rate, one cannot help but wonder what is the true cause for falling out of love. All things considered, one must then examine whether failure matters of the heart is due in part to society’s ‘ influences or due to intensity of the love itself. In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, protagonists of the same name suffer a similar fate in the name of love. In the play, Shakespeare cleverly points fingers at the world around his star-crossed lovers and at the intensity of their love, leading the tragedy. Ultimately, it is their parents’ ancient grudge, impulsive decisions, and foolishness that leads to the doomed love between Juliet and her Romeo. Imagine two families, fighting to see which family is better, and the only way to resolve it is by shedding blood. From the opening of the play, readers learn of an ancient feud between two families, the Capulets and the Montagues. In the prologue, the Chorus states,  “Two families, both alike in dignity from ancient grudge break to new mutiny” (Prologue.1-5). Here, readers learn that the quarrel between the two protagonists’ families have been ongoing for decades and perhaps foreshadows the tragedy that will occur at the end of the play.  Furthermore, the hatred between the Capulets and Montagues, extend far beyond the immediate family members.  During a random brawl that took place between ordinary men of each respective household, in the otherwise peaceful streets of Verona, the Prince intervened, explaining his disapproval of the behaviour.  Prince Escalus in an angry, yet powerful tone addresses the Capulets, Montagues, and men of each household stating, “Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace, Profaners of this neighbor- stained steel. That quench the fire of your pernicious rage with purple fountains issuing from your veins… canker’d with peace, to part your canker’d  hate” (1.1.85-97).  Prince Escalus explained to the two feuding families how they are mortal enemies, and how they  turned the once peaceful city into a loud and obnoxious one.  Moreover, he insisted that they ruin the peace of his city simply in an effort to express their hatred.  In other words, the Capulets and Montagues both disturbed the peace of Verona to calm their hate. Again, it is the parents’ long standing feud that will lead to their beloved children, Juliet and Romeo, keeping secrets about their love for each other, eventually leading to their untimely and tragic deaths.      Imagine saving money for a whole year just to spend it on shoes. From the beginning of the play we learn that it is full of impulsive decisions made by everyone, for example: Romeo and Juliet killing themselves, getting married and Romeo confessing his love for her, etc.  As Romeo says to Juliet “Thy Purpose marriage send me word tomorrow by one that I’ll procure to come to thee.” (2.2.153-154). Here, readers learn how much Romeo and Juliet act on impulse. Within their first sighting of each other, decided to have a crush on each other. Maybe love at first sight is true. They had one dance and never even just sat down to admire themselves but still got married. This lead to Juliet taking the vial of poison to avoid her marriage with Paris because she said “I pray you, tell my lord and father, madam,I will not marry yet. And when I do, I sweaIt shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate,Rather than Paris. These are news indeed!(3.5.120-125). Juliet explains how the only man she will marry is Juliet and she will never marry Paris. If both kids had preached to their parents about their confined love, the family’s feud might have been ended and Juliet would not have needed to go to harsh conditions to avoid a marriage with Paris.  Ultimately, impulsive decisions lead to wrong turns in life which ended up in the tragic death of the two star crossed lovers.    That’s the penalty we have to pay for our acts of foolishness, someone else always- Alfred Sutro. In the final closing chapters of the book the audience learns that Juliet had killed herself due to the death of Romeo. As Juliet hears people coming she quickly says “Yea noise,? Then I’ll be brief. O happy dagger, This is thy sheath. There rust, and let me die”(5.3.173-175). To sum that up, Juliet was going to kill herself slowly but heard people coming so so quickly stabbed herself with Romeo’s Dagger. If it was not for Juliet taking the vial in the first place, Romeo would not have killed himself. Their own foolish choices got them killed,It just shows how intense their love was. If Juliet never taken the vial and married Paris, they still would have been alive. If Romeo had not killed Tybalt just to get revenge, none of this would have happened and Romeo would have not been exiled. Aftermore, the characters selfishness lead to problems. In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet  broken relationships can be influenced by friends and family or by how intense the love is. Foolishness, impulsive decisions and the parents grudge is what lead to Romeo and Juliet’s love being doomed.  Therefore, we as teenagers can learn from this book, to not make the same mistakes as what Romeo and Juliet did. 

Post Author: admin

x

Hi!
I'm Jeremy!

Would you like to get a custom essay? How about receiving a customized one?

Check it out