Firstly, Friar Laurence married Romeo and Juliet knowing that their families hated each other and that it could end very poorly (Shakespeare 944-45). Friar knew this was a bad idea, but he continued with it and married the two. However, if he did not do this he would never be in trouble and Romeo and Juliet would then have to get married the ordinary way, thus, letting both families know. Next Friar decides to give Juliet a vial which will put her in a death-like state and sends a letter to Romeo about the plan, but it does not get to him (Shakespeare 993-1012). If Friar Laurence did not give Juliet the vial, Romeo would not kill himself because he thinks Juliet is dead.
Who is to blame for the short-lived tragic end of Romeo and Juliet? Was it fate, the feud between the two families or one of the many characters in the play? All of these things and many more contributed to their deaths but what ultimately was to blame was no one but themselves. They were two young star-crossed lovers who didn’t know much about the world or about love. In this essay I will discuss the causes that brought the death of Romeo and Juliet.
This would have kept Pyramus and Thisbe from sneaking out to meet each other, and Romeo and Juliet from hiding their marriage and prevented Romeo from being banished. However, there is no background given in either story of why the two families dislike each other. There is hot blood between the two lover's families in both tales.In addition, in both Romeo and Juliet and "Pyramus and Thisbe" one of the lovers becomes under the impression that the other is dead, and the ladder kills themselves. Romeo gets no news of Juliet's fake death, and he travels to the tomb where he says "For fear of that I will stay with thee/ And never from this palace
Throughout the story, (Romeo and) Juliet have been secretive about their relationship. Since Juliet has kept it a secret from her parents, and the people around them. The Nurse and Friar Laurence were the few to truly know about it. If their parents or even the Prince knew about Romeo and Juliet being together, the play would’ve turned out completely different in Acts 3-5. For instance, Juliet’s parents probably would’ve canceled the marriage or Juliet and Paris earlier in the play, or even Romeo’s banishment never would’ve been delayed.
There is an example of this when Romeo attends the Capulet’s party, and this is where he is first exposed to Juliet and where the misfortune begins. At this point in time Romeo and Juliet immediately fall in love with one another. Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet, this is a problem for their love since the two families are quarreling with each other. They cannot see each other while in the presence of another family member. Their relationship has to be kept a secret and the only ones that know of it are Friar Laurence and
One sees from the very beginning that he is a very complex and conflicted man, and that his tragedy has already begun. Hamlet is considered to be a tragic hero because he has a tragic flaw, that in the end, is the cause of his downfall. As defined by Aristotle, a tragic play has a beginning, middle, and end; unity of time and place; a tragic hero; and the concept of catharsis. One of the main reasons this play is considered a tragic play is because the main character is a tragic hero. Hamlet's tragic flaw is he spends too much time thinking and not enough time acting.
This is seen as disrespectful from Hamlets point of view throughout the play, as he never accepts Claudius to be a replacement to his father, and never really approves of his mother’s re-marriage. Hamlet also decides ‘to put an antic disposition on’, which was to give the impression that he was in a descent to madness. This is related to when Ophelia’s father Polonius warned her to stay away from Hamlet, and that she may be the possible cause of his mental incapacity. Hamlets develops this madness until the point that the reader doesn’t know what is the initial cause of it, and if it is real or false. Hamlet decided to take on the challenge of avenging his father’s murder, as the ghost instructed, as said ‘This time is out of joint.
When Juliet said she was not going to marry Paris, her father said many angry and rude things including “An you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets/ For, by my soul, I’ll ne'er acknowledge thee/ Nor what is mine shall never do thee good” (3.5.193-195). Her parent’s threatened to disown her. This is not fair for Juliet or any other girl who had to go through with marrying someone they did not want to. Juliet ended up with
A ‘tragedy’ in theatre is a play in which ‘good’ turns to ‘bad’, and ends with the downfall of the hero and/or heroine. The question of what caused the tragedy in Romeo and Juliet has been argued by many English scholars. Romeo and Juliet is centred around a strong feud between the Montagues and the Capulets, and this is often held accountable for the tragic death of the two lovers: ‘Capulet, Montague See what a scourge is laid upon your hate That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love.’ (V.3.291-3) Although this may contribute to the disastrous outcome of the play, it cannot be held entirely to blame. Right at the beginning of Romeo and Juliet, the Chorus tells us that we are to see a pair of ‘star-crossed lovers take their life’. (Line 6).
The conditions forced because of the animosity between the families made the couple feel prohibited to be together and thus hiding their love. Due to the rivalry two other important characters were killed, altering the ending of the play. Additionally, the star cross lovers can be held somewhat liable because overall it was their decision to take their own lives and their decision to continue with their relationship knowing all the risks and ramifications. Undoubtedly the most significant influence was fate. Fate predetermines every outcome of the play, because it is an intense energy that no one can control or change.