William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet clearly shows how animosity between groups will inevitably lead to unnecessary death. Animosity was pertinent in the play with the cruel hatred between the Montague and Capulet families, which ultimately lead to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Hatred also comes between Romeo, Tybalt and Mercutio and results in a deathly fight. Animosity is also relevant in our world today because of the civil war in former Yugoslavia, which killed hundreds of thousands of people. These examples show that the animosity seen in Romeo and Juliet is also relevant in today’s society, because it has resulted in many unnecessary deaths.
First, the cruel animosity between the Montague’s and the Capulet’s created obstacles for their children, Romeo and Juliet, which ultimately lead to the couple’s final act of suicide. For example, Romeo and Juliet’s love for one another was so strong and powerful. However, this was a big problem because the animosity between the Montague’s and Capulet’s was so profound, that they could not stand the sight of one another. This hatred had been around for centuries:
Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
here civil blood makes civil hands unclean. (Prologue)
The feud between the two families required the young couple to keep their love a secret, which forced them to rebel against their families by secretly getting married. In the beginning of Act III, Romeo kills Tybalt and is banished from the city. Not knowing what to do next, Juliet goes to Friar Laurence’s cell seeking for advice for the solution to this problem. He came up with a plan for Juliet to drink a potion so she could fake her own death. She would wait for Romeo to come and take her away, however the plan goes wrong. Romeo was never aware of the plan, so when he saw Juliet dead in the tomb, he killed himself by drinking a deadly poison. When Juliet awoke, she saw her...