“For never was there a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo”. There were many factors that lead to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, who or what was most responsible for this tragedy? The play “Romeo and Juliet” written by William Shakespeare, is a moving yet inspiring story about two hasty teens who are brought together by love and later torn apart through hate. Although the theme of hate and Romeo and Juliet themselves are contributors of their own deaths, it is important to note that fate overpowered both these factors, ultimately causing the two protagonists to take their own lives. This essay will explore how the theme of hatred caused conflict between the two families. Additionally Romeo and Juliet's impulsive love for each other shall be addressed. The role of fate cannot be overlooked as it conspired against the characters to lead them to their tragic deaths.
The theme of hate is best illustrated through the feud between the Montagues and Capulets. The conflict between the two families, while unexplained throughout the play, becomes out of control and leads to horrendous outcomes including the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. “Drawn you talk of peace? I hate the word as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee”. Tybalt stated this at the beginning of the play and highlights the tension between the two families. Evidentially, Tybalt's hate is quite strong, and indicates that he does not despise anything more than the Montagues. Additionally Capulet expressed his anger towards Juliet because he was unsure of the outcome of her not enjoining in marriage with Paris. “Advise be mine, I’ll give you to thy friend..I’ll never acknowledge thee”. Thus it is evident that the hatred was a main cause of the tragedy of ‘Romeo and Juliet’.
Romeo and Juliet’s love for each other was unbreakable, the strong bond that they shared seemed to be irrational, but the outcome was ‘true love’. “Did my heart not love till now, forswear is sight, for ne’er true...
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