Who Is To Blame For The Death Of Romeo And Juliet?
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In ShakespeareÐ²Ð‚™s play, Ð²Ð‚ÑšThe Tragedy of Romeo and JulietÐ²Ð‚Ñœ, the two protagonists, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, are Ð²Ð‚Ñša pair of star-crossed loversÐ²Ð‚Ñœ [Prologue] whose tragic death Ð²Ð‚Ñšburies their parentsÐ²Ð‚™ strifeÐ²Ð‚Ñœ [Prologue]. In the play, many factors lead to the death of Romeo and Juliet; among these are fate, impulsive love and the rivalry between the Montague and Capulet family.
As one of the central themes of the play, fate plays an important role in Romeo and JulietÐ²Ð‚™s death. Through out the play, fate seems to control Romeo and JulietÐ²Ð‚™s lives and forces them together and apart. One example of how fate brings the two lovers together is in Act 1 Scene 2, where Capulet Servant invites people to the party, Romeo sees the invitation list with RosalineÐ²Ð‚™s name on it and decides to attend the party which results in the first meeting between Romeo and Juliet. Another example of why fate is to blame for this tragedy is in Act 5 Scene 1, where FriarÐ²Ð‚™s letter does not reach Romeo due to a random incident. To a large extent, fate is not the only cause of the loversÐ²Ð‚™ misfortunes; Romeo and Juliet are responsible for their own death as well, due to their impulsiveness.
In the play, both Romeo and Juliet allow their passion to control their judgments, which eventually leads to their suicides. When Romeo finds himself madly in love with Juliet, he completely forgets about Rosaline, a sign of immatureness and lack of consideration. Ð²Ð‚ÑšThou cuttÐ²Ð‚™st my head off with a golden axeÐ²Ð‚Ñœ [Act 3 Scene 3] is a perfect example that shows Romeo being verbally impulsive. Likewise, Juliet contributes to this Ð²Ð‚Ñšrushed relationshipÐ²Ð‚Ñœ as well, in the famous balcony scene [Act 2 Scene 2]; Juliet hurries Romeo into marriage by saying Ð²Ð‚ÑšDost thou love me?