“From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life.” Romeo and Juliet’s death was a result of many misfortunes, but they were mostly victims of the society in which they live, malignant fate, and their own passions.

Romeo and Juliet are members of two families that are each other’s two biggest enemies, there both rich families and with that comes expectations that you are expected to live up to.

If something was done incorrectly or a wrongful action was taken, the consequences for that action might be different from a person who was not as rich, because people look up to the Capulet’s and the Montague’s and will more likely follow them, and want to be like them more than a poorer person.

Therefore Romeo and Juliet are influenced by this and marriage with a member of the enemy could result in being looked down upon in your family, cause even more anarchy between the two families, or possibly banishment from your house. They are victims of this because if their families did know of this marriage, they would have had no reason to cover up or hide anything, and there would have possibly been peace between the two families.

Evil fate played a major role in the lives of Romeo and Juliet because of all the things that could have happened differently, the events that transpired just didn’t flow in their direction. A few of the malignant fate situations were the servant asking Romeo to read the invitation list and inviting them to the party where the star-crossed lovers meet and fall in love, they are discovered by Tybalt and he is furious, he consults Lord Capulet, but he says let them stay.

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Later, Tybalt decides to take matters into his own hands and picks a fight with Romeo, but Romeo backs down and Mercutio steps up to fight Tybalt. They fight and Tybalt kills Mercutio, this results in Romeo losing his temper. Avenging Mercutio, Romeo slays Tybalt and is banished from Verona, he hides in Mantua and receives word that Juliet is dead.

In turn, another act of fate transpires, where Friar John cannot deliver the letter from Friar Lawrence to Romeo which says that Juliet is not really dead. So Romeo thinks Juliet is really dead and returns to Verona to kill himself. He succeeds and Juliet wakes up and finds her lover dead beside her and she kills herself as well. So fate plays a major role in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.

Romeo and Juliet’s passions for one another also plays a role in their deaths because they fell madly in love right away and needed to get married. They also needed to be together as well, so Juliet needed to get out of the marriage with Paris, so she takes the Friar’s drug and it all results in them killing themselves. Another part of their love is that they would die for one another, these results in that actually happening.

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In conclusion, Romeo and Juliet are star-crossed lovers, who had many events transpire, which were not in their favor, but are the victims of their society, their own passions, and malignant fate which just didn’t seem to travel in their direction.

Cite this article as: William Anderson (Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team), "Romeo and Juliet: Love & Evil," in SchoolWorkHelper, 2019, https://schoolworkhelper.net/romeo-and-juliet-love-evil/.

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