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Why Did they Die? Romeo and Juliet

As humans, we have a natural instinct, when things go wrong, to try to find a reason.
We want something to blame, someone to be held accountable. Is this a flaw? Or does this help us to discover new things? So rarely does something have solely one cause or reason behind it because, life is very different from this scientific mindset. In science, there are set variables, but in life, there are millions of variables that dictate a situation, so its much harder to find only one. We do things because of our own motives, other people, our environment, or even things that we can’t control. In the play, Romeo and Juliet, we see this play out. For when the two main characters die, there are many reasons behind it, not just one. Romeo and Juliet is the story of two family's feud that has been going on for as long as they can remember. The only thing that is strong enough to break this feud is the love that eventually turns to death when two children from opposite families fall in love. Romeo, a Montague and Juliet, a Capulet fall in love despite their families feud. They both kill themselves through a series of events in the end, both only wanting to be with the other. It is only after both their childs deaths that the families resolve their issues. But what caused their death? It nags at us all after we finish the book. When the two lovers die, we want something to blame so we can have closure on the story; but in fact, just like in life, it’s very hard to pin one cause on this event. In the play, Romeo and Juliet, their deaths are often blamed on singular reasons. However, this is inaccurate, for it was a combination of interference from other people, personality traits and uncontrollable factors outside of themselves that inevitab...

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...stakes in the plan lead to their woeful death. If the families hadn’t had a feud, Romeo and Juliet would have easily been able to be together; for the only thing standing in their way was their families. Sadly, the families realize how harmful this is too late in the play. In the end, they resolve this problem to save future generations but weren’t quick enough to save Romeo and Juliet.

It wasn’t one thing that caused Romeo and Juliet to kill themselves but many separate factors that worked together to contribute to this sad ending. Like in life, many things are to blame for an incident, not just one. Three of the main reasons they died were, Friar Laurence's fatal mistake, their shared characteristic of impulsiveness and their families feud. This famous love story shows us that with almost everything, there is more than one cause.

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