Interpretation: Romeo and Juliet
What would cause young lovers to mysteriously commit suicide so they can be
together? Is it their parents who forbid them to see one another, or is it themselves?
William Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet, tells about two young "star-crossed
lovers" whose deaths were caused by fate, not their parents or themselves.
First of all, Romeo and Juliet were from feuding families: Romeo a Montague, and
Juliet a Capulet. Romeo was so depressed about his unrequited love for Rosaline
when it just so happens, he goes to a masquerade party. There, he falls for Juliet,
the daughter of Lord Capulet, and forgot about Rosaline. When they're finally torn
apart, that's when both Romeo and Juliet realize they are from enemy families. Their
love, of course, brings down their immediate marriage and Friar Lawrence agrees in
hope to stop the feuding families. Unfortunately, Tybalt and Mercutio are killed and
Romeo gets banished leaving Juliet without a husband or a cousin. "O, I am a
fortune's fool," (Act III, Scene I) explains how Romeo felt at the moment of Tybalt's
death. He felt that he fell into one of fate's many cruel games and it was too late to
When things are just getting worst, Lord Capulet arranges for Juliet to marry
Paris causing Juliet to panic. She then has to hurry and do something to stop the
wedding and of course fate would just happen to guide her back to Friar Lawrence.
Fate wouldn't just stop there. He just kept on going. He has it arranged that Friar
John, the messenger who was suppose to deliver the news of Juliet's fake death,
Romeo finds out that Juliet is dead from Balthazar and screams out, "Is it e'en
so?--Then I defy you, stars!" (Act 5, scene 1, pg. 213). He blames Juliet's death on fate
and returns to Verona with poison to join her. He leaves a little before Friar John
tells Friar Lawrence about his failure to deliver the message. Still, fate didn't stop
there. He then makes Friar Lawrence leave his cell and rush to the Capulet vault .
Unfortunately, Friar Lawrence is just a little too late and Romeo gets there before
he does. Thinking Juliet is dead, Romeo drinks the poison and dies. Juliet wakes up a
few minutes later and sees Romeo dead, she stabs herself and also dies.
Romeo and Juliet's deaths could have been prevented of everyone got to there
destination a little bit earlier or later. Unfortunately, fate was cruel selfish and
heartless towards the two young lovers. He played them like toys making their lives
as miserable as possible. He made them fall in love on purpose when he already
knew they were from enemy families. He made them suffer many hardships and in
the end, after they had committed suicide, their families stopped feuding. So no one
and nothing except fate is really responsible for their deaths.
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