The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

by Mikayla McGuire

Who's to Blame?

The feud between the Capulets and Montagues is to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet, although a few people tried to help stop the feud. If it wasn’t for the feud, they could have been together, which could have stopped their deaths. In the prologue, the narrator talks about how the ancient grudge lead to the deaths of some of the characters by saying, “...from ancient grudge break to new mutiny…” (Prologue). The feud is so old yet it continues to ruin lives and eventually lead to Romeo and Juliet taking their own lives. Because of the feud, Romeo and Juliet weren’t supposed to fall in love, yet they did, which led to their deaths. When Juliet realizes that Romeo was a Montague, she says to Nurse, “My only love sprung from my only hate!” (1.5.144). Romeo and Juliet fell in love right as they met, even before they realized that they were supposed to be enemies. Because of their families’ hate for each other, Romeo and Juliet killed themselves out of their love for each other which ended the feud.

Perfect love blooms in horrible hate,

Star-crossed lovers meet by fate.

Things take a turn for the worst,

And that rose wilts

Days after it blooms.

In love hurried,

Hate is buried,

Honor the lost,

Forget the past,

From a wilted rose blooms a new rose.