“Romeo and Juliet” is a tragedy about two ‘star-crossed lover’ ending their lives for each other’s passion and love. Their deaths were caused by many factors such as their destined fate to die, unlucky happenings and misfortune and their sudden adolescent passion. These elements are the reasons of tragic moments of this Shakespearean play.
Firstly, the stars foretold the two lovers’ deaths. Astrology played an important element in the play because many people during that era, believe in it, a study of the stars and planets, which, they thought, affected people’s lives. The unlucky Romeo and Juliet are called ‘star-crossed lovers.’ Because the stars were in a certain unfavourable position, they were destined to die.
Deaths are predicted throughout the play by both characters. For example, Romeo referred his death with the stars; “.I fear, too early; for my mind misgives. Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars..” Juliet’s vision of finding Romeo dead in a tomb, “..methinks I see thee now thou art so low, as one dead in the bottom of a tomb.” Their lives are controlled by stars, and not by themselves. Therefore, Romeo and Juliet’s deaths were predicted to happen and the foretelling of stars destines it to.
The death of Romeo and Juliet was caused by unexpected accidents. The first example is the unintentional meeting of Peter. Peter is a servant of the Capulet’s household, he was given a list of invitations to the designated receivers; unfortunately he cannot read so seeks for Romeo’s advice. From this, Romeo and Benvolio found out about the feast and this gave the opportunity for Romeo and Juliet to meet. They fell in love at first sight; a strong bonding between them caused their deaths. The meeting of the young lovers was misfortunate because it introduced all the passion and the tragedy later on.
The non-delivery of Friar Lawrence’s letter caused great consequences, Romeo believed Juliet’s mocked death, which gave him great pain and drank poison. When Juliet discovers her dead husband; decided she cannot live anymore without him, she stabs herself with a dagger. Meructio’s death was caused by Romeo, accidentally blocking the latter’s view which enables Tybalt to kill him. Romeo killed Tybalt for revenge and this resulted in his banishment from Verona walls. The two lovers ended their life because of misfortune and cursed luck.
Romeo and Juliet’s love for each other was too sudden and rash. Juliet realizes this sudden haste in her speech: “..It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden, too like the lightning, which doth cease to be..” However, she immediately changes her mind and plans to marry Romeo, the next day. They’re passion for each other is too rapid, how can they be sure it is true love? Perhaps, their death is not worth it, they may be too young to understand the term: true love and passion.
Friar Lawrence believes Romeo’s sudden change of thoughts from Rosaline to Juliet is too quick. “So soon forsaken? Young men’s love then lies. Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.” Friar disagrees with Romeo’s honest love and wishes him to think carefully before making the decision. Juliet shows haste in her speech while waiting for her nurse to bring her news of Romeo’s thoughts to their marriage. She appears very excited and eagerly waits for her wedding night.
Their adolescent passion may have caused the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, because of their sudden intention to commit suicide. Romeo immediately brought poison when he heard Juliet’s mocked death, he should have asked Balthasar to investigate further and asked Friar. Instead, he kills himself because of adolescent passion and Juliet dies for him in return.
Finally, Romeo and Juliet died because their deaths were determined by fate and the prediction from the stars. Many unforeseen events caused great consequences, which involved Romeo’s confusion to Friar’s plot, which resulted in his rushed death. Suddenness of adolescent passion may not be intentional. Therefore, Romeo and Juliet’s haste in their marriage may have cause their deaths because they were deeply in love and nothing will keep them apart. The lives of Romeo and Juliet have experience many elements, which affected their relationship and the resistance to stay together. Unfortunately, their lives ended with a statement that cannot be weakened throughout the play’s atmosphere-‘their love for each other.’