Romeo and Juliet


‘…The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is that the characters fail to recognize that they are in control of their actions…’

Romeo and Juliet’s characters fail to recognize that they are in control of their actions, thus contributing to the tragic ending of Romeo and Juliet. This play was written by William Shakespeare in the 16th century. It is the story of ‘…star cross’d lovers…’ whose family’s feud is the main reason that their love for each other is denied. There are various themes in the play such as love, hate, haste, fate and chance. It seems like the characters in the play have a control of their actions, to an extent, but ill-fortune also plays a large role. Although some may argue that Romeo and Juliet’s characters are fully responsible for their actions,

Romeo and Juliet, the main protagonists in the play, are subject to all these themes. In some parts of the play, it seems like the characters are in control of their actions, but some happenings in the play are beyond their control. Such as the fact that Romeo and Juliet were to fall in love, with each other’s family’s loathed enemy, ‘My only love sprung from my only hate!’. However, Romeo and Juliet’s hasty actions are a major contributing factor to the tragedy. It is unfortunate however that they do not recognize this. The play does take place over a five day period and in that time they meet, fall in love, get married, get separated and kill themselves!. If the characters had been less headstrong and slower in their relationship, the play would not end as a tragedy.

The nurse is also at blame for the tragic ending of the main protagonists. She is seen as a talkative and comical character, but she contributes greatly to the down-fall of Romeo and Juliet. The nurse knew about the relationship between Romeo and Juliet, but did not inform her employees, the Capulets. The nurse was approving of the relationship of Romeo and Juliet, assisting the pair by passing messages between them. Instead...