A Feud Filled Love

The Tragic Tale of Romeo and Juliet

The Feud That Ended Love

The feud tore the two families apart and caused a long lasting civil discord between them; therefore, the feud is responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Initially, for generations there has been a feud between the Montagues and the Capulets. Nobody has any idea how the feud started or why it is still going on. Romeo, a Montague, meets Juliet at a Capulet party and they instantly fall in love with each other; unfortunately, thanks to the feud between their families, they can never be truly together without taking major risks. After finding out that Romeo is a Montague, Juliet mournfully says to herself, “My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me, that I must love a loathed enemy.” (Act:I Scene:V). Juliet is in love with Romeo, but is upset to find out that he is a Montague, she is a Capulet, and it is dangerous to love someone who is supposed to be an enemy. Secondly, the hate between their families is keeping them from being together. Juliet, along with the help of Friar Lawrence, makes a desperate plan to escape a marriage with Paris and get to Romeo in Mantua; unfortunately, the plan goes terribly wrong, and Romeo comes upon the body of his beloved Juliet, yet he kills himself. Juliet then kills herself after awakening to see Romeo dead. Montague, Capulet, and the Prince come across the bodies of these two faithful lovers, to which the Prince exclaims, “Where be these enemies? Capulet! Montague! See, what a scourge is laid upon your hate, that heaven finds means to kill your joys with love.” (Act:V Scene:III). Their families’ hate resulted in Romeo’s and Juliet’s deaths, for they could not be together even after they got married. The feud took everything away from everybody involved, including the Prince, who did nothing to end this feud, and in result, lost some of his family as well. It was only because of this unfortunate death that the Montagues and the Capulets were able to finally end their feud and live in peace. The feud takes all joy, and leaves only pain and misery behind.

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