Posted on August 10, 2010 by James
Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare, talks closely about Romeo and Juliet being victims of bad luck. They are victims of an unkind fate, they happen to be in the centre of ill fateful events. This is true because, Romeo a Montague and Juliet a Capulet are from feuding families, Romeo also tries to avoid a fight but two people ended up dying anyway. Romeo and Juliet’s secret marriage was also in doubt after Capulet agreed to marry Juliet to Paris. A message cannot be delivered to Romeo in time because Friar John had to stay away from people. All these events can prove that Romeo and Juliet are victims of bad luck.
The first reason why Romeo and Juliet are victims of bad luck is because they are from feuding families. They happened to fall in love the first time they meet at a Capulet’s house party. They at first had no idea that their families are the best of enemies. When they do find out, Romeo said, “ O’ dear account, my life is my foe’s debt”, which meant his life belongs to his enemy. Juliet also had this to say, “ O Romeo, Romeo! – wherefore art thou Romeo?”, which meant, why is your name Romeo?. She wishes he was not a Montague and free to love her.
Secondly, they are obviously victims of bad luck because, a troublesome Tybalt, cousin of Juliet picks a fight with Romeo, who refuses to be provoked. Romeo had already avoided a fight with Tybalt but two people ended up dying anyway. Mercutio, friend of Romeo and kinsman of the Prince of Verona, responds to Tybalt’s insults and fights with him and ended up being stabbed. And then Romeo, who believes it was his fault, kills Tybalt. The Prince, who once warned the Montagues and Capulets for fighting, sentenced Romeo to banishment (exiled) to Mantua.
The chain of unfortunate events does not end in Romeo’s banishment to Mantua.
After the death of Mercutio and Tybalt, Capulet decides to marry his daughter Juliet to Paris in haste.