Romeo and Juliet Literary Analysis

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There are many different reasons Romeo and Juliet died, for instance, fate, freewill, and tragic flaw are three main explanations. Although all three of these reasons have importance, tragic flaw was the most influential in Romeo and Juliet’s death.

Freewill would have to be the least eminent reason out of the big three, for example, in Act 2 Scene 3 LL. 92-94 Friar Lawrence unmistakably affirms, “In one respect I’ll thy assistant be; for this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households’ rancour to pure love.” This quote supports the claim that the Friar willingly decided to wed Romeo and Juliet so their families’ feud may end. Though this is a key point in the play, even if they didn’t get married, Romeo and Juliet would still have died. Because they adored each other so much, they wouldn’t have let the Friar not wedding them stop them from being together. So, regardless of Act 2 Scene 3’s part, it is not vital.

While fate is more important than freewill, it isn’t as necessary as tragic flaw. For example, it was fatal that the Friar’s letter never made it to Romeo. Actually, Friar John clearly stated, “Where the infectious pestilence did reign,” (Act 5 Scene 3 L. 10) proving that because of a disease he couldn’t deliver the letter. The fact that it was a disease that delayed the letter shows that fate controlled that situation. However, it was Romeo’s impulsive behavior that caused him to commit suicide in the end. As one can see, even though the delayed letter may have led up to the tragedy, Romeo’s act of committing suicide without double checking the information he was given, is what did him in.

In addition, Paris’s dire demise was an act of tragic flaw in that Romeo was frantic in being alone with Juliet deep in the Capulet’s tomb during Act 5 Scene 3. While it was fate that had Paris visit Juliet the same night that Romeo visited her, it was Romeo’s overpowering emotions that killed him. In fact, Romeo exclaimed in agony, “Good...
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