Romeo and Juliet, said to be one of the most famous love stories of all times,is a play anchored on time and fate. Some actions are believed to occur bychance or by destiny. The timing of each action influences the outcome of theplay. While some events are of less significance, some are crucial to thedevelopment of this tragedy. The substantial events that inspire the conclusionof Romeo and Juliet are; the Capulet ball, the quarrel experienced by Tybalt andRomeo, and Friar Johns plague.
A servant to Capulet, who is incapable ofreading the list of guests, asks for Romeos assistance. Romeo notices thatRosaline, his lover, is among these names. Benvolio challenges Romeo to compareher with other “beauties.” Benvolio predicts, “Compare her facewith some that I shall show,/ And I will make thee think thy swan a crow.”(I, ii, l 86-87) To show his appreciation, the servant asks for Romeospresence at the ball. Romeo should have considered the servants warning; ifRomeo occupies the name of Montague, he shall not be permitted.
Once at theball, Romeo is searching for a maiden to substitute the unrequited love ofRosaline. Romeo happens to gaze upon Juliet, who charms Romeo. Romeo proclaims,” Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!/ For neer saw truebeauty till this night.
” (I, v, l 52-53) Since Romeo declares his love forJuliet, she feels the attraction also. They believe that they are in love andmust marry. However, it is a genuine coincidence that Romeo and Juliet were atthe same place, at the same time. Some days after the ball, Benvolio andMercutio are conversing, in regard to the quarrelsome weather. Benvoliodeclares, “The day is hot, the Capulets abroad,/ And if we meet we shallnot scape a brawl,/ For now these got days is the mad blood stirring.
“(III, i, l 2-4) At this point, Tybalt, who has challenged Romeo because of hisappearance at the masquerade, enters, seeking Romeo. On Romeos behalf,Mercutio struggles with Tybalt, while Romeo, who is filled with love for his newcousin, tries to end their boldness. Before escaping, Tybalt plunges his swordinto Mercutio, causing death to fall upon him. Mercutio blames Romeo and thefeud for his fate. Romeo kills Tybalt, who taunts Romeo, upon his return. Romeofears he will be condemned to death if he does not flee before the arrival ofthe Prince.
Benvolio recalls the events that have happened,with someembellishment. The Prince declares: And for that offence/ Immediately we doexile him hence./ I hav an in your hates proceeding,/ My blood for your rudebrawls doth lie a-bleeding;/ But Ill amerce you with so strong a fine/ Thatyou shall repent the loss of mine./ I will be deaf to pleading and excuses;/ Nortears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses;/ Therefore use none. Let Romeohence in haste,/ Else, when hes found, that hour is his last./ Bear hencethis body and attend our will./ Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.
(III, i, l 185-195) Due to the disturbance of Veronas street and the lossesof Tybalt and Mercutio, the Prince must penalize Romeo. However, the Princeagrees that Romeo was acting in self defense. Juliet, who desires not to wedParis, asks for Friar Laurences assistance. The day before the wedding,Juliet is to drink the poison, which will make her appear to be dead. In fortytwo hours she shall awake, with Romeo by her side. Romeo will then bring her toMantua with him. In the meantime Friar Laurence will convey a message to Romeoin Mantua, telling him the plot.
When she gains consciousness, Romeo and FriarLaurence will be there. Friar Laurence says, “Shall Romeo by my lettersknow our drift,/ And hither shall he come; and he and I/ Will watch thywaking” (IV, i, l 114-116) Following Juliets intake of the poison, Romeois anticipating news from Verona. Balthasar, a servant to Romeo, tells Romeothat Juliet has passed on. Romeo, who is told there are no letters from thefriar, seeks a way to accomplish his suicide. Meanwhile, Friar Laurence,confronts Friar John, who was to deliver the letter to Romeo. Friar John informsFriar Laurence that he was seeking another Franciscan, who was visiting thesick, to accompany him to Mantua.
He says, “Suspecting that we both were ina house/ Where the infectious pestilence did reingn,/ Seald up the doors, andwould not let us forth;/” (V, ii, l 9-11) Friar John tells that he couldfind no one to deliver the letter, for fear they may catch the infection. Thesubstantial events that inspire the conclusion of Romeo and Juliet are; theCapulet ball, the quarrel experienced by Tybalt and Romeo, and Friar Johnsplague. The Capulet ball influences the ending of the play by Romeosinvitation at the ball, which creates the meeting of Romeo and Juliet.
The ballalso gives birth to Tybalts anger and causes his challenge. The challengecauses the banishment of Romeo, which produces much grieving by Juliet andRomeo. Also, the quarrelsome weather is partly to blame for the feuding betweenTybalt and Mercutio. Since Friar John did not deliver the letter, Romeo thinksthat Juliet is dead, sacrifices himself.
Juliet seeing that Romeo is dead, slaysherself also.