The Price of Death: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Essay

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“To be consorted with the humorous night. Blind is his love and best befits the dark. If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark” (2.1. 31- 33). Among one of the most renowned contributions to literature is The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet written by the prestigious English poet, William Shakespeare. This tragedy of the sixteenth century concludes with the fate of the two star- crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, along with those attempting to see them apart. As the prologue states, The Capulets and Montagues are from separate rivaling households, both alike in dignity, whose children have fallen in love. It is believed that if the two were to marry then feuding in the streets of Verona would come to an end, …show more content…
“Hold, daughter: I do spy a hope, which craves as desperate an execution. As this is desperate which we could prevent. If rather than marry County Paris, Thou hast the strength of will to slay thyself, then it is likely thou wilt undertake a thing like death to chide away this shame, that copest with death himself to scape from it: and if thou darest, I’ll give thee remedy” (4.1. 68-76). Friar Laurence makes this accommodation not only to save Juliet from the sin of polygamy, but to also maintain his well respected image by concealing the marriage of Romeo and Juliet. Not only is it immoral for a man of the church to deliberately withhold the truth, but it is a greater injustice to give a desperate young girl, contemplating suicidal thoughts, the choice to fake her death to her family. The motifs for this resolution can only be narcissistic, when considering that the option of revealing the truth would be a simpler solution to prevent complications and death. Although Friar Laurence is more than culpable, there are other characters that also share responsibility. Lord Capulet and Romeo/Juliet themselves had their parts in moving these deaths forward. To a degree, Lord Capulet is responsible for the self- harming behavior of Juliet that ends up killing her, when he indisputably pressures her into a marriage she does not want to take

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