Romeo And Juliet Death Analysis

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On a hot summer day, everybody is one edge. Suddenly Mercutio and Romeo meet Tybalt on the street. Initially, Romeo remains calm, but things quickly escalate and Tybalt and Mercutio begin fighting. Romeo tries to intervene, but Tybalt takes that as an opportunity and fatally wounds Mercutio. This leaves the viewer to wonder what actually happened. Each of the six deaths in Romeo and Juliet went beyond just the fact that the character dies. Each death had a deeper meaning and purpose, each had an effect on the remaining, living characters in the play, and each affected the course of events and eventual conclusion of the play. The deaths of Mercutio, Tybalt, Romeo, Juliet, and Lady Montague each had a meaning and purpose that went far beyond …show more content…
Romeo kills Tybalt just a couple of hours after Tybalt kills Mercutio. This immediately results in Romeo getting banished and causes him and Juliet to be separated. Romeo could hardly live with this “There is no world without Verona walls, But purgatory, torture, hell itself. Hence-banished is banish'd from the world, And world's exile is death: then banished, Is death mis-term'd: calling death banishment, Thou cutt'st my head off with a golden axe, And smilest upon the stroke that murders me.”(3.3) Basically, to Romeo, living without Juliet was like eternal damnation. This causes both Romeo and Juliet to be upset to the point of nearly killing themselves. This also added fuel to an already tense rivalry. Lady Capulet wanted Romeo killed. It made the two families madder and the smallest thing could lead to another death. The Capulets were devastated at the death of one of their kinsman, Juliet was overcome with grief thinking that she might not be able to ever see Romeo again, and Lady Montague died mourning Romeo’s exile. Romeo’s, Juliet, and Paris’ deaths has an effect on all of the townsfolk and most notably on The Capulets, Montagues, and the Prince. It lead to a peace between the two families, with the dead lovers a stark reminder of the damage their feud had caused. The two heads of the families build statues of the dead lovers to commemorate them, and they were forever …show more content…
For example, Tybalt’s death lead to Romeo’s exile, which was a factor in the fatal miscommunication of Friar Lawrence’s plan to Romeo. The fact that Friar John was quarantined didn't matter as much because Romeo would have never been banished had he not killed Tybalt, and he probably wouldn’t have been so quick to become enraged. The miscommunication basically put the final nail in the metaphorical coffin of their love. Balthasar informed Romeo that Juliet was dead, and made no mention of a potion or her sleeping. This lead to Romeo seeking out an apothecary and he bribed him to give him poison He snuck into the city at night to go to Juliet’s grave where she lay “dead” and he kill himself beside her. The friar, who was waiting by Juliet’s grave, was waiting to personally deliver his message to Romeo. He ended up scurrying away after he heard a sound. A couple of seconds later Romeo comes up to the Grave. Paris jumps out and Romeo immediately kills him. Romeo says this just before he kills himself, “Thou detestable maw, thou womb of death, Gorged with the dearest morsel of the earth, Thus I enforce thy rotten jaws to open, And in despite I'll cram thee with more food.” (5.3). He then kills himself, which immediately alters any expectations the viewer may have had in the final moments. His death directly affects the course of events, because no sooner does he die, Juliet wakes up. Seeing Romeo dead

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