Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is also a prime example of those who choose to end their life to escape from their reality. The Capulets and the Montagues haven been in feud for many years when a fight between their servants breaks out in the streets. Prince Escalus arrives to end the brawl and tells both sides that the next person to start a fuss will be sentenced to death.
“If ever you disturb our streets again,
Your lives shall pay for the forfeit of the peace.” (Shakespeare 1.1.91)
After the fuss, Romeo approaches and tells Benvolio, his cousin, that he is in love with Rosaline but she does not share the same love. Benvolio tells Romeo to forget about Rosaline and to focus on other women but Romeo assures him that there is no other beauty out there for him.
In scene two, Capulet and Paris are discussing Paris' desire to marry Juliet, Capulet's daughter. Capulet invites Paris to a masquerade dinner that he is hosting that night to give him a chance to get to know Juliet. Capulet gives his servant, Peter, a list of names to invite to the feast. However, he cannot read and thus gives Romeo and Benvolio invitations when he sees them on the street.
In the Capulet house, Lady Capulet states that Paris has shown interest in Juliet. Juliet promise that she will give Paris a chance but she will not go out of her way for him.
“I'll look to like, if looking like move;but no more deep will I endart mine eye
Than your consent gives strength to make it fly.” (Shakespeare 1.2.97)
As the feast begins, Romeo and his friends stand outside in their masks, contemplating how they are to get in because they are Montagues. They make their way in and Juliet catches Romeo's eye. Any thoughts of Rosaline completely clear his m ind.
“Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.” (Shakespeare 1.5.50)
Tybalt, Juliet's cousin, hears Romeo's voice and demands that he be kicked out. Capulet states that he is well liked in the city and he is not to be thrown out.
Romeo approaches Juliet and convinces her to kiss him. After she allows the first kiss, they kiss once more. The nurse appears to tell Juliet that her mother would like to speak with her. As Juliet leaves, Romeo is disappointed to learn that her mother is Lady Capulet. However, he still feels the same fire for her.
“O dear account! My life is my foe's debt.(Shakespeare 1.5.117)
Juliet is just as captivated by the kiss. She mentions that if he is married, she will die. The Nurse reveals the he is a Montague and Juliet cries out, “My only love, sprung from my only hate!” (Shakespeare 1.5.136)
After the party, Romeo scales a wall of the Capulet house in search of Juliet. She appears at a window but does not take notice of Romeo's presence. Romeo allows Juliet to hear him, She is worried that he will be murdered if he is found outside of her window. They confess their love and promise to each other that they will again.
Romeo enters on to...