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Commentary on Romeo And Juliet Essay


Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare is a story of star-crossed lovers, whose love was designed for havoc. They never thought that their love would steer to the catastrophes that it did. These two young people did nothing wrong but fall in love. Three conditions of their havoc included the feud between the two families, the nurse and her unfaithfulness of Juliet and the most foremost condition of all is fate.

The feud between the two families was one element that added to the love of Romeo and Juliet being designed for havoc. "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny". (pg.7) The two families, Montagues and Capulets, had many problems. The hate between both families was so strong, even the servants loath each other. This feud would have caused many problems for Romeo and Juliet: These two young lovers knew this and that is why they kept their marriage a secret. If their parents found out, they would have made their children's lives miserable. Romeo and Juliet would not be able to see each other. Both of these families were very stubborn and there were hardly anything that would have stopped their hatred towards each other. In the prologue, it states that the only way the "strife" could be ended was by the deaths of Romeo and Juliet "Doth with their death bury their parent's strife" (pg. 7). Both the Montagues and the Capulets would not have accepted the marriage. Keeping the marriage a secret caused Romeo and Juliet to turn to other people for help. Sometimes these people give them bad guidance or just betrayed them.

The Nurse was one of the characters who betray the young couple. The Nurse who was also Juliet's friend turned against her at a very important time. The Nurse told Juliet that it would be best if she married Paris. "I think it best you married with the county". (pg.101) This deception by the Nurse left Juliet alone. She was a smart person but it still would have been beneficial for her to have the assistance of the Nurse. Juliet was left on her own to make some very crucial decisions. I believe that if the Nurse had been around to help Juliet, things may have turned out differently. Juliet had no one to turn to and ask for help. Her parents were not an option because they would never understand. The Nurse was supposed to be one of Juliet's best friends. Now when it was important for Juliet to have someone there, for here she was betrayed.

When considering the havoc of Romeo and Juliet the most significant fact you must think about is fate. Fate, above all, destroyed Romeo and Juliet. Many situations in the play show that the love of Romeo and Juliet would end in death. "A pair of star-crossed lovers takes their life". (pg.7) From the very beginning it is obvious that they were destined by the stars to doom. Some people may think that there is no way to control fate or change what is in the stars. It could be that the love of Romeo and Juliet was destined for death so that their parent's feud would be over. Also, in the prologue it states that the shocking course of their love was destined for death. "The fearful passage of their death marked love". (pg. 7) Both of these quotes show us that the love of these two was destined to end tragically. The costume party was above all the most important part of fate. The fact that Romeo wears a mask causing his face to be hidden allowed Juliet to fall in love with him before she saw who it was. If Juliet had known that Romeo was the enemy, she probably would have fallen in love.

In conclusion, from the very beginning, the love of Romeo and Juliet was made to be a failure. There were conditions throughout the course of their lives that led up to their deaths. If their parents had not been fighting and if the Nurse had not betrayed Juliet, the ending of this story would have been different. In my opinion the quote that accurately summarizes this play is, "For never was there a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo." (pg.138)

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