Interpretation of Romeo and Juliet
What would cause young lovers to mysteriously commit suicide so they
can be together? Is it their parents who forbid them to see one another, or
is it themselves? William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, tells about
two young “star-crossed lovers” whose deaths were caused by fate, not their
parents or themselves.
First of all, Romeo and Juliet were from feuding families: Romeo a
Montague, and Juliet a Capulet. Romeo was so depressed about his unrequited
love for Rosaline when it just so happens, he goes to a masquerade party.
There, he falls for Juliet, the daughter of Lord Capulet, and forgot about
Rosaline. When they’re finally torn apart, that’s when both Romeo and
Juliet realize they are from enemy families. Their love, of course, brings
down their immediate marriage and Friar Lawrence agrees in hope to stop the
feuding families. Unfortunately, Tybalt and Mercutio are killed and Romeo
gets banished leaving Juliet without a husband or a cousin. “O, I am a
fortune’s fool,” (Act III, Scene I) explains how Romeo felt at the moment
of Tybalt’s death. He felt that he fell into one of fate’s many cruel games
and it was too late to get out.
When things are just getting worst, Lord Capulet arranges for Juliet
to marry Paris causing Juliet to panic. She then has to hurry and do
something to stop the wedding and of course fate would just happen to guide
her back to Friar Lawrence. Fate wouldn’t just stop there. He just kept on
going. He has it arranged that Friar John, the messenger who was suppose to
deliver the news of Juliet’s fake death, quarantined.
Romeo finds out that Juliet is dead from Balthazar and screams out,
“Is it e’en so?–Then I defy you, stars!” (Act 5, scene 1, pg. 213). He
blames Juliet’s death on fate and returns to Verona with poison to join her.
He leaves a little before Friar John tells Friar Lawrence about his failure
to deliver the message. Still, fate didn’t stop there. He then makes Friar
Lawrence leave his cell and rush to the Capulet vault . Unfortunately,
Friar Lawrence is just a little too late and Romeo gets there before he