In this essay I will be exploring the different reasons why Romeo and Juliet have to die.
Romeo and Juliet is a play that was written by William Shakespeare in the sixteenth century. Romeo and Juliet is about “two star crossed lovers” that “take their life” to be together and bury their parents strife. At that time women were seen to be inferior to men. Men had to have and keep a high reputation for themselves and their families.
In Act 1, Scene5 Romeo insults Tybalt by going to his family’s party, “uncle this is a Montague, our foe”. Honor means to have high respect. Tybalt and other people have high respect for himself and his family and wish to keep it that way, by challenging Romeo, later in Act 3, scene 1 Tybalt confronts Mercusio he asks him, “Mercusio thou consort with Romeo?” Tybalt does this to regain his lost honor. Men need to keep their status at a high so they are not mocked and people look up to them. They do not want to be down graded but kept high in the social hierarchy. Tragedy was a popular genre at that time.
Many people based their writing on this particular theme. Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy because the main characters die and there isn’t the typical happy ending. To write a tragedy that did not culminate in death wouldn’t be a tragedy. The parents loose someone very close to them and this creates a dramatic play, it suggests that the parents must loose someone that they adore before they realize that what they are arguing over is stupid and not worth it.
The children were a type of sacrifice used to stop the two families feuding and this is why Romeo and Juliet have to die. The prologue is the introduction to the play. The prologue is written in the style of a sonnet, because it has fourteen lines and is written in the Shakespearean rhyming scheme of ABAB-CDCD-EFEF-GG. The last two lines are rhyming couplets, each line uses iambic pentameter, it contains 10 syllables, an example of this is, “two households both alike in dignity”..