Romeo and Juliet Are Star-Crossed Lovers | Kibin

From the very beginning, Romeo and Juliet are "star-cross'd" as children of "fatal loins." But Shakespeare knows that the events leading to tragedy cannot be explained away so simply.

Romeo and Juliet is a very deep and profound play about two ‘star-crossed’ lovers met at a ball.


In the prologue to Act 1, an actor playing the chorus recites a sonnet in which he describes the bitter hatred dividing the Montagues and Capulets and identifies Romeo and Juliet as lovers who had the misfortune to be born into warring families: “From forth the fatal loins of these two foes [the Montagues and the Capulets] / A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life” (lines 5-6).


Romeo and Juliet 'Star-crossed lovers' or tragic protagonists

First, in the beginning of the play Romeo and Juliet are referred to as 'a pair of star-crossed lovers' (Romeo and Juliet, Prologue).

The reader knows immediately that Romeo and Juliet are going to die after reading the prologue so the questions are asked why would two star-crossed lovers end up dying....