The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
It seemed to be the makings of a perfect love story. Two mortal enemies, foes by birth, fall in love unbeknownst of each other’s identities, and manage to keep that love even after the shocking discovery. Afterwards, they fall even deeper for one another, and engage in secret assignations, risking as far as to get married. However, their love was not to be. This was explained even before the beginning of the actual story in the prologue. They are separated from each other, and the girl gets betrothed to another by her parents. To avoid this impending marriage, the girl takes a potion that gives her the likeness of death. A message is sent to her lover to apprise him of this turning of events, who is in a nearby city. The message is unable to reach its destination, and so the lover hears word of her death and is heartbroken. He then goes to her tomb where she is laid to rest and kills himself. A little while after his death, she wakes up to find him in her arms, and stricken with grief she stabs herself. Romeo and Juliet, the lovers featured in this story, would not have met their untimely death for a multitude of reasons. These reasons make up the answer to ultimately, who, or what, was to blame in this hapless tale. Who is to blame? What could have caused this sad series of unfortunate events? In the end, there is only one answer. It was the lovers’ own inability to take control of their lives which stemmed from their youth and inexperience, that led to the coda of this sad, sad contemplation, which is shown in many situations.
The lovers’ inability to take control of their lives, to fight for their love is shown in each of the pair. Juliet’s inefficacy to stand up for their love is revealed when her mother offers to hire a man to kill Romeo, because Juliet is putting the cause of all her griefs on Tybalt’s death, when in fact it is only a part of her sorrow. In actuality, she is also sad because she is not with her beloved...
Citations: Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. Prentice Hall Literature, Language and Literacy. New Jersey: Pearson, 2010. 807-930.
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