Romeo and Juliet cause tremendous grief and suffering to multiple harassers by their own deaths. However, there are situations beyond their control which combined with their own downfall, contributes to the infinite tragedy. Calling Romeo and Juliet foolish is inadequate for their inconsiderate behavior they divulge throughout the play. The couple destroys every relationship throughout the play, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Consider Romeos behavior during the first introduction of him.
He describes his love for Rosalie in a way which suggests that he is infatuated with the idea of love, rather than actually in love. He can only can e described as a foolish, young boy because of his immaturity towards love, which gets the better of him and eventually directs him to a disastrous demise. His search for love at such a young age is absurd. Romeo proclaims, “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I newer saw true beauty till this night. ” (1 , 5, 51-52).
In this line, he is saying that he is in love, or thinks he is, with a beautiful girl that he does not truly know. This verifies Friar Lawrence statement regarding Romeo: “Young men’s love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes. (2, 3, 67-68). Friar finds it very difficult to trust Romeos feelings, considering he had so effortlessly moved on from his brief relationship with Rosalie. Romeos immaturity and tendency to rush things is apparent when he proposes to Juliet, just four hours after they first meet.
This raises the question, is there such a thing as love at first sight? The two young lovers, fully aware of the consequences and the repercussions that their marriage will summon, decide to follow their feelings, which traumatized their own existence along with so many others. Romeos demonstrates his inorganic a second time when his impulsive actions result in the murder of Table. Romeo kills him in an act of violent revenge. He is aware of the consequences to his sudden outrage, but he chooses to feed his emotional hunger, and succumbs to his inexperience.
This secures the point that Romeo is senseless considering he would do something so irrational to endanger his life and dishearten Juliet. All of his thoughtless actions have tragic outcomes. One could argue that it is the Friar’s fault; Romeo did not receive the urgent message of Gullet’s appearance of death. Romeo then sides to take the matter into his own hands and overplays the situation. His impulsive behavior is bared once more when he resolves the situation by taking his own life. The tragedy occurs due to Romeos lack of experience and young reasoning.
Juliet, much the same as Romeo, appears more mature even though she is younger. She is youthful and naive and has never been in love. She obviously enjoys feeling desired by a handsome, charming man, Romeo. She thinks situations through and is not desperately searching for love like Romeo. She is swept off her feet by a charming, good looking Antaean who appears as a gateway to a happier life. This could be an escape from her arranged marriage and a chance to disobey her overly strict father. Does she really love Romeo after knowing him only four hours?
She feels this may be the only opportunity in her life to fall in love and become happily married. In the beginning, unlike Romeo, she does not encourage the enchantment, she likes the physical contact and compliments, but she does not go out of her way to encourage their love as he did later in that night. “O, wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied? “(2, 2, 125). Romeo is forcing the allegations to happen quickly, whereas Juliet appears shocked by his impulsive proposal since she is not fully mindful of what he is suggesting. “What satisfaction cants thou have tonight? (2, 2, 126). This line also shows Juliet further innocence and naivety towards the marriage proposal and love in general. Juliet is at least a little wary as she informs Romeo that the marriage would be forbidden and later questions his proposal as to whether his love is honorable. They both do not realize how much their decision will impact the lives of others, as well as themselves. Together they are almost as foolish as each other. They are a mindless, crazy couple who make numerous, insane decisions and cause a lot of suffering to each other and the people around them.
Is it fair to blame Romeo and Juliet for the suffering that occurs in the play? It is true that the couple play a major role in the deaths of both Table and Mercuric, even though these men deserve everything. Table who comes looking for his loathed enemy, Romeo, angrily declaring “Thou art a villain”, (3, 1 , 58) when Romeo doesn’t have any intentions of fighting fending himself by saying “l do protest, never injured 1, 65) And it is Mercuric who insisted on picking a fight with Table, referring to him as “Tabby’ and “rat-catcher to test his patience.
Romeo suffers from the death of his best friend Mercuric and displays his feelings in a raging act of revenge against Table, blocking all consequences from his mind. The Capsules grieve over the death Of Table and Romeo appears to them as more even loathsome than before. ‘Banished’ from Verona. Lady Capsule announces that “That he [Romeo] shall soon keep Table company,” (3, 5, 91). Whilst Juliet offers from the loss of her dearly loved kinsman, she weeps more over the fact that her love, her husband, murdered him.
It is true that both the Montages and Capsules suffer from the death of their young children, but consider their behavior throughout the play and tell me they suffered. Both sides were as foolish as each other and should have known better to put an end to the feuding which began with Verona’s ancient citizens. Capsule is the one who arranges the marriage for Paris and his daughter regardless of her feelings and this is a big contributing factor to Juliet and Romeos death engendering Juliet is so wild to escape the marriage and will do anything.
Lady Capsule also persuades Juliet that the marriage is Gullet’s responsibility despite the fact that she is thirteen years old. Juliet doesn’t feel as though she can talk to her mother to help her through this terrible situation because she knows she feels the same way as her father towards the marriage to Paris and Romeo. So instead, she ends her life with an extreme action; Suicide. It is not fair to blame Romeo and Juliet for the pain and suffering which goes on in the lay because there are so many other contributing factors.
Many, if not all of the characters, in this play have helped with this tragic traumatic ending. Although the fateful death of these two star crossed lovers is described as tragic, it proves to be more a positive and necessary thing given the logical ending. The lovers are forced into engaging in desperate actions that doom them to death, but their family hatred is finally resolved. Despite the fact that their death brings about suffering and pain in the short term it concludes the instant feuding which has gone on through generations of both houses.