Romeo and Juliet: why do Romeo and Juliet have to die?
William Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet is a classic tragic love story. This play is a tragedy because the hero and heroine both died at the end of this play due to the feud of the two families. Shakespeare demonstrated this in many ways in the play, such as the love between Romeo and Juliet, and the feud between Montague and Capulet.
Romeo does not seem to be a sincere person at the beginning of this novel. He was in love with Rosaline before he met Juliet. When he talked to Benvolio, he said: ‘Out of her favour, where I am in love.’ This statement shows that Romeo is already in love with someone, however, not much later on in the play, when Romeo decided to sneak into a Capulet party and met Juliet, he fell in love with her at the first sight, he said:
‘O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
…… For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.’
This showed his heart and feelings can change quite quickly, and which made him appear as a player in the early stage of the play.
Juliet had a similar character as Romeo; she also fell in love very easily. She was not shy, because she allowed Romeo to kiss her at their very first meeting, she also spoke to him directly, she said: ‘You kiss by the book.’ This meant Romeo kissed well and without any real feeling.
In this play, Romeo and Juliet were very young, Romeo was 15 years old and Juliet was only 14, which meant they were very innocent and immature. In the balcony scene, Romeo sneaked into Capulet’s garden in the midnight to meet Juliet, and they discussed about how much they love each other, they said:
Romeo: ‘I have night's cloak to hide me from their sight;
And but thou love me, let them find me here:
My life were better ended by their hate,
Than death prorogued, wanting of thy love.’