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When Riley and I were discussing the play over Slack, we talked a little bit about Romeo's death being a form of justice in a way. I thought it was interesting how it appeared that Romeo felt responsible for Juliet’s death in a way. In my line of thinking, Romeo’s assumption that Juliet died of a broken heart caused by his banishment so soon after their wedding was cause for him to take his own life. Earlier in the play, Romeo demonstrated that he had very clear ideas of justice and how it ought to be carried out. Therefore, it should not be surprising that Romeo decided to take his own life in a sort of repayment for the supposed robbery of Juliet’s.
In fact, this determination was so strong that it even caused him to kill Paris at the Capulet tomb, something I do not think he would have done otherwise, since he had given up the feud with the house of Capulet, and Paris was not even of that family anyway. But since Paris got in his way, he had to go. Furthermore, I believe that this drive for justice is proved even more by the statement, “Here’s to my love”, made by Romeo just before he takes the poison. In my view, if you replace the word “to” with the word “for”, it gives corroboration to Romeo’s quest for justice, and it becomes a statement to the effect of:
“Here’s for my love. You died for me; now I will die for you.”