This is a question long debated among Shakespearean scholars: Is the outcome of the play the result of bad luck, or were Romeo and Juliet's deaths predestined as part of the legacy of their families' feud?
Most Shakespeare historians trace the origin of the Romeo character back to Greek myth.
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For reasons unexplained, the Montagues and Capulets are bitter enemies, and the young lovers know their affair will anger their families.
But the titular couple isn't interested in family feuds, and quickly fall in love.
Juliet: Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much, Which mannerly devotion shows in this; For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch, And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss. Juliet: Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer. Every time you see it you get fooled into thinking his girlfriend might wake up and stop him. ' But they always do.” ― Elizabeth Wein, “But, soft! Be not her maid, since she is envious; Her vestal livery is but sick and green And none but fools do wear it; cast it off. She will not stay the siege of loving terms, Nor bide th' encounter of assailing eyes, Nor ope her lap to saint-seducing gold.
Romeo: O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do; They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair. Juliet: You kiss by the book.” ― William Shakespeare, “Two households, both alike in dignity In fair Verona, where we lay our scene From ancient grudge break to new mutiny Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. Every single time you see it you want to shout, 'You stupid ass, just wait a minute,' and she’ll open her eyes! O, she is rich in beauty; only poor That, when she dies, with dies her store.
Say thou but ay, And that bare vowel ay shall poison more Than the death-darting eye of cockatrice.