7 April, 2013
The Forbidding of the Feud For many years, people have debated about whom or what caused Romeo and Juliets passing. Many people think that it was a person that caused their deaths. They fail to see that it may have not been a person that was responsible for the end of their life. Once people understand that, they’ll begin to see the answer to the problem of what caused Romeo and Juliet’s demise. The feud between the Montagues and Capulets is the main reason for Romeo and Juliet’s fall in the drama Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
The feud causes secrecy between Romeo and his family, as well as Juliet and her family. Most importantly Romeo and Juliet have to meet in seclusion. Meeting in seclusion causes them to have to take risks that could get them killed. In Act 2 Scene 2 Juliet tells Romeo “The place death, considering who thou art, if any of my kinsmen find me here” (Shakespeare 937). In this quote Juliet is telling Romeo that if he is caught talking to her then he will surely be killed. Next, they cannot tell their parents of their marriage. If their parents find out about their marriage Romeo, Juliet, or the Friar may be killed. Finally, they cannot trust most people with the knowledge of the other.
The feud causes tension between the families scaring Romeo and Juliet. Most importantly the families always fight. In the beginning of Romeo and Juliet, the Montagues and Capulets get into a fight in the streets of Verona. Next, the feud caused Tybalt and Mercutio to fight which got Romeo banished. In Act 3 Scene 1 Tybalt and Mercutio get in a fight. “Draw, Benvolio; beat down their weapons. Gentlemen, for shame! Forbear this outrage! Tybalt, Mercutio, the prince expressly hath forbid this bandying in Verona streets. Hold, Tybalt! Good Mercutio!” (Shakespeare 961). In this scene Romeo is urging Mercutio and Tybalt not to fight because the Princes laws say that whoever fights in the streets of Verona will surely be punished. Romeo getting banished made it very difficult to get to Juliet. Last, the initial fight caused the Prince to make new laws that got Romeo banished. The feud causes Romeo and Juliet to separate. Most importantly the have to be away from each other because Romeo is banished. “As for Romeo, he shall be banished for the slaying of Tybalt” (Shakespeare 980). In this quote the prince is banishing Romeo for killing Tybalt which causes the even more drastic