Victims Of Death In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Right from the beginning of the passage, it is noticeable that after killing Paris, Romeo is kind to him. Romeo is compassionate and buries Paris with Juliet instead of being resentful towards him. What also stands out is that Romeo chooses to bury Paris with Juliet per his request, which proves to the reader that Paris did love Juliet. He was seen as a villain who came in between Romeo and Juliet by trying to marry her when in reality, he loved her just as much as Romeo did. These first two lines of the passage provoke sadness because we learn that Paris is a victim of fate just as much as any other character. It should also be noted that Romeo has found Juliet in the tomb. When he sees Juliet, it is surprising that Romeo does not blame anyone …show more content…
In this play, fate keeps a book of its victims. According to Romeo, Paris is in that book and it is already known from earlier that Romeo is in that book because he had said that “[he] [is] fortune’s fool” (3.1.134) Another phrase that stood out was “death that hath sucked the honey of thy breath.” Romeo repeats the concept of death in this passage and gives it a persona that sucks the sweet thing that is life. Shakespeare personified death and fate and made them accomplices in the scheme to destroy Romeo and Juliet. I also found it odd that in the passage, Romeo had called Juliet a lantern. Maybe Juliet lights the way for Romeo or her beauty is so bright that it draws everyone to her like a moth is drawn to a flame. Romeo also says that “beauty’s ensign” is present in Juliet. By “ensign” Romeo means flag, as if beauty has marked Juliet and claimed her. Does this mean that Romeo only cares about Juliet’s beauty? This can be connected back to the idea of whether Romeo and Juliet loved each other or if it was just obsession. At this moment, Romeo is an example of what Friar Laurence had said about how “young men’s love then lies not truly in their heart, but in their eyes.” (2.3.67-68) These phrases all relate to one another in the sense that Romeo considers death and fate as evil but he is glad that Juliet’s beauty has not been touched by them. It would have been a unique idea if Shakespeare had …show more content…
When Romeo argued that Friar Laurence could not understand him because he is not “like [Romeo] banished” (3.3.67), his life consisted of self-pity. Romeo also pities himself in this passage because he says that he cannot be happy before his death because Juliet is dead. Romeo says that “Her beauty makes this vault a feasting presence full of light” and in this passage, uses a metaphor to compare Juliet’s beauty to a lantern. Once again, he says that death has left Juliet’s beauty alone and Shakespeare has represented death in a way that it is still tragic but strange. Romeo wonders why death took her breath and life but not her beauty. Romeo probably thinks that death fell in love with Juliet and perhaps death is not evil and is capable of love. Perhaps death is misunderstood and instead, it is a new beginning in a new life. This sounds paradoxical but the way Shakespeare portrays death through Romeo’s eyes as evil but sympathetic represents the ending of the feud. While Juliet was not dead at this time, she does die eventually and a common ground is found because of

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