Why did Romeo and Juliet Die?

Essay by turkeymurkeyJunior High, 9th gradeA-, March 2006

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"Romeo and Juliet" is a tragedy about two 'star-crossed lover' ending their lives for each other's passion and love. Their deaths were caused by many factors such as their destined fate to die, unlucky happenings and misfortune and their sudden adolescent passion. These elements are the reasons of tragic moments of this Shakespearean play.

Firstly, the stars foretold the two lovers' deaths. Astrology played an important element in the play because many people during that era, believe in it, a study of the stars and planets, which, they thought, affected people's lives. The unlucky Romeo and Juliet are called 'star-crossed lovers.' Because the stars were in a certain unfavourable position, they were destined to die.

Deaths are predicted throughout the play by both characters. For example, Romeo referred his death with the stars; ".I fear, too early; for my mind misgives. Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars.."

Juliet's vision of finding Romeo dead in a tomb, "..methinks I see thee now thou art so low, as one dead in the bottom of a tomb." Their lives are controlled by stars, and not by themselves. Therefore, Romeo and Juliet's deaths were predicted to happen and the foretelling of stars destines it to.

The death of Romeo and Juliet was caused by unexpected accidents. The first example is the unintentional meeting of Peter. Peter is a servant of the Capulet's household, he was given a list of invitations to the designated receivers; unfortunately he cannot read so seeks for Romeo's advice. From this, Romeo and Benvolio found out about the feast and this gave the opportunity for Romeo and Juliet to meet. They fell in love at first sight; a strong bonding between them caused their deaths. The meeting of the young lovers was misfortunate because it introduced...