The Importance Of Marriage In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Marriage in the Renaissance was dramatically different than that of today. Generally, marriage was used for personal gain, such as a gain of wealth or social status or for sexual pleasure. The idea of marrying for love and happiness was infrequent, but not inexistent in the Renaissance. In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the two lovers share a passionate and powerful love that was rare in the time period, which resulted their tragic demise. Romeo’s irrational actions, such as going to the Capulet’s party, killing Tybalt, and his own obsession with love drives Juliet’s and his own suicide. The first factor that lead to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet was Romeo’s presence at the Capulet’s party. Before entering the party, Romeo …show more content…

Although Juliet was forlorn because she was unable to see Romeo, Lord Capulet believed that the cause of her newfound sadness was the death of her kin, Tybalt. This drives Lord Capulet’s decision to marry Juliet to Paris. Lady Capulet tells Juliet, saying, “Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn/The gallant, young, and noble gentleman,/The County Paris, at Saint Peter’s Church/Shall happily make thee there a joyful bride” (III.v.117-120). The proposed marriage to Paris leaves Juliet desperate to run away and seek Romeo. She goes to Friar Lawrence, begging to help stop the marriage to Paris. The Friar suggests the plan with the poison, which ultimately fails. Romeo’s banishment, the proposed marriage to Paris, and the plan with the poison are all complications that generated from Romeo’s killing of Tybalt and factored into the deaths of both Romeo and Juliet. Although the death of Tybalt factored into Romeo and Juliet’s suicide, Romeo’s obsession with love and over emotional personality is what ultimately lead to their death. Romeo’s overly emotional personality and his obsession with love override his rational thought, which causes the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. After hearing of what is thought to be the death of Juliet, Romeo decides that he cannot live without his true love. In despair, he says, “Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee tonight./Let’s see for means. O mischief, thou art swift/To enter in the thoughts of desperate man” (V.i 37-39). Romeo then buys

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