How is the final scene in Romeo and Juliet triumphant?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The final scene of Romeo and Juliet is triumphant because the "ancient grudge" (Prologue) has finally been resolved.

In the last scene of Shakespeare's tragedy of two warring households, the Prince calls together the Capulets and the Montagues and chastises them:

Where be these enemies?—Capulet! Montague!
See what a scourge is laid upon your hate,
That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love! (5.3.307-309)
The Prince points to the great evil that has resulted from the hatred between the two families. In doing so, he alludes to the fighting and killing between the members of the two families and the secrecy that Romeo and Juliet felt they must keep about their love and marriage. This secrecy is, of course, what led to their tragic deaths.
Resolved now to end the feud, Lord Capulet offers Lord Montague Juliet's dowry. As he does so, Capulet addresses Lord Montague as "brother Montague." Then, Lord Montague generously offers to have a gold statue made in honor of Juliet, whom he also praises. 
...raise her statue in pure gold;
That while Verona by that name is known,
There shall no figure at such rate be set
As that of true and faithful Juliet. (5.3.314-317)
Lord Capulet reciprocates by offering to have a statue of Romeo made. Finally, he expresses his sadness that their two children had to be "sacrifices of our enmity" (5.3.320).
Peace is made between the Capulets and the Montagues. In this respect the ending is triumphant. Yet it is, as the Prince says, a "glooming peace" and a rather dark triumph.
wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator
The final scene of Romeo and Juliet could be considered triumphant because love triumphs over hate. In the last lines of the play the Prince says, "a glooming peace this morning with it brings." He is talking about the peace finally achieved between the two feuding families. The loss of their children, while tragic, has effected a change in their households. We can turn to the Prince again for proof of this when he says, "See what a scourge is laid upon your hate, that heaven finds means to kill your joys with love!" The death of their only children over a forbidden love makes them see the fault in their unreasonable hatred. That revelation is the triumph.
infiniti878 | Student

After Romeo and Juliet die, it makes both Capulet and Montague relize that there fighting is pointless... they both lost the ones they love due to some old family rivalry. This makes them relize that there was no point in fighting and so they both become "friends" after the huge fued. For example, they both build statues of each families lost one ( made in gold)

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