Romeo and Juliet yearned to be together, however they both lose their lives tragically during the process and thus, lose in the end. When Juliet sees Romeo lying dead by her side, she takes a ‘happy dagger’ (A5, S3, L168) and kills herself. This is after she sees that Romeo has ‘left no friendly drop’ (A5, S3, L163) for her, implying that Romeo should have left enough poison for her to die too so they could be together in their afterlife. Shakespeare’s use of the phrase ‘happy dagger’ is ironic as it shows Juliet’s rash judgement on the situation and how she thought killing herself would make her happy. In the end, both characters die and neither of them gain anything.
Homer Barron represented death because her wife killed him with some potion that she bought (Arsenic). Strand of gray hair also symbolized love lost meaning she lost both of her loves of her life. It also represented wisdom. Wisdom is a sight of getting old meaning she lived her life already. There’s another object that symbolizes cover up (Lime).
She was romantically involved with Hamlet, and couldn’t handle the fact that her boyfriend murdered her father. This destroyed Ophelia’s character and led to her suicide. Polonius’ son Laertes, had now lost his entire family and wanted to get revenge by assassinating Hamlet. Laertes was having a meeting with Claudius and they were planning the details of how to kill Hamlet.
In Othello, Othello see suicide as the only escape from the pangs and misery of life. In The Rape of Lucrece, Lucrece kills herself after being raped because she cannot live with her shame. And in Romeo and Juliet, the two lovers could not find happiness if life, so death was perceived as a way that they could be united with each other. Shakespeare was dealing with a very controversial subject: Was it right to end life in order to escape the cruel and unjust world? In the time of the Renaissance, many things had an impact on suicide such as religion, morals, and aesthetic views.
When hearing an ill-fated prophecy from the prophet Teiresias, Creon changed his mind and went to bury Polyneices and release Antigone from her captivity. Once Creon got to Antigone’s stone confinement, he found that she had already killed herself, and saw that Haimon was already beside her. Haimon was sprawled next to Antigone, while he grieved for the loss of his betrothed. Consequently, Haimon pulled out his sword and impaled himself because he didn’t want to live without Antigone. After Eurydice (Haimon’s mother and Creon’s wife) heard the news of her son, she also committed suicide.
Sophocles focused on Orestes, and Euripides focused more on the life of Electra. In Sophocles's version, the play opens with Orestes learning his fate from the Pythian Oracle; he must revenge his father's death unarmed and alone. He sends his pedagogue Pylades, as a spy, to learn about the situation in Mycenae. Electra mourns for her father's death. She is unable to avenge her father's murders without the help of Orestes, her brother.
Friar Lawrence’s cowardice, secrecy, and miscommunication led directly to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. The first factor that played a key part in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet is the fact that Friar Lawrence was a coward. When Juliet awakened after her two-day sleep only to find Romeo and County Paris dead, she is in a very unstable state. Instead of being responsible and staying with Juliet to comfort her and make sure that she doesn’t harm herself or others, he tells her that he will make her a nun “Come, come away. Thy husband in thy bosom there lays dead and Paris too.
After he dies, Juliet wakes up and sees that Romeo is dead so she stabs herself to death. Friar Lawrence is the one who caused all of this. Friar Lawrence makes three mistakes in this play. His first is when he marries Romeo and Juliet because they came from two feuding families. His second mistake is when he gives Juliet the fake poison to make her look dead.
She fell in love and slept with Aeneas after she promised that she would never love anyone regarding her husbands death. As stated before, “One’s honor was more important than one’s own life.” With this being said Dido decides to plan her own death. She then tells her sister to start a pyre to burn all of Aeneas’ things that he left behind. Dido exclames, “It will do me good to destroy every reminder of that evil man- as the priestess told me.” She made it seem as if she was doing all of this to rid everything of what Aeneas owned, but she was really planning her own suicide. In a sense one could say that Dido’s own body was a reminder of what happened so, she could have also committed suicide for that reason.
Antigone ignored her sister's advice and chose to disobey the King by burying her brother. The King learned of Antigone's actions and sentenced her to death. After listening to his people he lessened her sentence to spend the rest of her life in an isolated cave. With the advice of a trusted prophet, he once again changes his perspective and decides to set Antigone free. However, he arrived at the cave and was shocked to see that Antigone had hanged herself.