Did you know that 30% of marriages are arranged marriages? William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a famous play about “a pair of star-crossed lovers” who endures moments full of drama, love, and excitement. There are many rivals and disagreements that make this play what it is known for today. It’s the differences and similarities between the Capulet’s and Montague’s that make Romeo and Juliet’s love so dangerous and conspicuous. Romeo, Juliet, and the Capulet’s impulsive behaviour led to very irrational decisions and actions that contribute to the tragic ending of the play.
Romeo is a part of the Montague’s where Montague is Romeo’s worried father and Lady Montague is Romeo’s loving mother. Romeo contributes to the tragic ending of his own death because of his love for Rosaline, always fighting with Capulet’s, and his and Juliet’s marriage. In the beginning of the play he was greatly in love with a girl, Rosaline. He loved her so very well but she didn’t feel the same. She’s not supposed to fall in love. He was always depressed, until one day something happened.
Benvolio had an idea to bring Romeo to the Masquerade so he can compare Rosaline to other beautiful faces. When they enter the ball, Romeo spots a beautiful girl, Juliet. Another reason why Romeo had part in his own death was because he killed Juliet’s quarrelsome cousin, Tybalt and was banished from Verona. The reason why this happened was because Tybalt gave Romeo a challenge but he refused. Mercutio, Romeo’s friend, was outraged and drew his own sword. Tybalt killed Mercutio. Romeo then kills Tybalt because of what he did.
He wasn’t allowed to step one foot into Verona. Towards the end, Romeo visited Friar Lawrence, a holy man, and asked him if he would marry the two young lovers. He agreed to do it, not because of Romeo and Juliet, but he thought that by doing this the feud of the Montague’s and Capulet’s will end. He was wrong. “For I never saw true beauty till this night” is a quote from Romeo when he saw Juliet. It was love at first sight. Juliet is an inspiring thirteen year old who falls in love with a young man, Romeo.
Juliet, herself contributes to because she secretly sees Romeo behind Capulet’s backs, she disobeys her own parents, and she chooses to use the vial Friar Lawrence gives her in order to be with Romeo forever. Since Romeo and Juliet were part of the Montague’s and Capulet’s, they were long time rivals. That’s why she got her nurse involved to cover for her when she needed it. She would use the nurse to send messages to Romeo, just like a messenger. Juliet also disobeyed her parents by marrying someone Capulet and Lady Capulet don’t approve of.
Back then, arranged marriages were a very common thing. Towards the end of the play, Juliet drank a vial so she can fall into deep sleep. Romeo thought she was actually dead, so he killed himself. He said that since there’s no Juliet there’s no reason for him to be alive. Then Juliet wakes up and kills herself also because Romeo is dead. “Romeo, Romeo, Romeo, here’s drink-I drink to thee” is a quotation when she was about to drink the vial. She was questioning herself about this decision, but she did it to be with Romeo.
Capulet and Lady Capulet are Juliet’s selfish father and unhappy mother. They were the biggest contributors of the tragic ending. They were very irrational and impulsive. They arranged a marriage for Juliet, they always instigated fights with the Montague’s, and they didn’t let Juliet make her own decisions. Juliet’s father is very protective and indulgent. He’s confident in everything Juliet does, and yet tries to use her age as a reason to marry Paris. Lady Capulet regarded Paris as a good match for Juliet. She also feels it’s time for Juliet to marry.
They told Juliet about her arranged marriage and just from a week of knowing him, they would marry. Juliet did not want to marry Paris. Also being a rival with the Montague’s, they always try to overrule them. Since they’re both high placed families, they try to be better than the other, and I think this also contributed to it. Capulet and Lady Capulet also didn’t let Juliet make her own decisions. They told her that she was going to marry Paris, not ask her. Juliet didn’t get to state her opinion on Paris. She didn’t want to marry him, but her opinion didn’t count.
The actions by Romeo, Juliet, and the Capulet’s were all very rational and impulsive which contribute to the tragic ending of the play. Romeo quickly moved on from Rosaline onto Juliet, he fought with the Capulet’s, and he planned the marriage of him and Juliet. Juliet disobeyed her parents, secretly saw Romeo, and drank the vial. Capulet and Lady Capulet arranged a marriage with a man, Paris, great hatred against the Montague’s, and forced Juliet to do things she didn’t want. Therefore, all these people contributed or had an input on the tragic ending of Romeo and Juliet’s death.