Romeo and Juliet Micro-Theme

Jazmine Colvard
Dr. Morgan
Micro theme
3 October 2014
The REAL tragedy in Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet is the most famous love story in the English literary tradition. The Chorus informs us that their fates have already been predetermined and that fate is: that they are going to die. “From forth the fatal loins of these two foes/A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life.” I believe that this would have happened with or without fate. Fate is not the tragedy of this play, passion is; whether it is passion for love or hate or both.
From the time that the play opens with the Chorus, we know that the Montague and Capulet families have been in a feud for a very long time. In Act I, Scene I, we get to see the passion of both hate and love. We are started off first seeing a feud through a couple of servants of both houses, Tybalt, and Benvolio and then later in the scene we catch Romeo telling Benvolio of how in love he is. Seeing this passion in just the first scene of the play should let you know that things could either get really bad or they could start looking up. Passion is defined as strong and barley controllable emotion. Having a passionate hate for somebody could be very dangerous and in this case having a passionate love could too.
The passion of hate from the families has caused the death of the Prince’s cousin and Romeo’s beloved friend, Mercutio and Juliet’s cousin Tybalt. When Mercutio is saying his last words he tells Romeo that his death is in the fault of him and the feud of the Montagues and Capulets. A plague o' both your houses! /they have made worms' meat of me: I have it, / and soundly too: your houses!” If the families didn’t hate each other so much then seeing each other on the street would not make them want to fight the way that it does. If Tybalt didn’t kill Mercutio then Romeo wouldn’t have wanted revenge and killed Tybalt, then Romeo wouldn’t have been exiled, then Juliet wouldn’t have been forced to marry because of her grief,...