How genuine is the reconciliation of the Capulet and Montague families at the play's end?
After the Prince has found that all (including himself) are to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, Old Capulet undergoes a remarkable change of heart, and says to his rival, "O brother Montague, give me thy hand" (V, iii., l.296). Old Montague readily assents and the two agree to erect golden statues of the fallen lovers. We cannot be satisfied by this reconciliation, however. The deaths of Romeo and Juliet are intended to be such a profound tragedy that no compensatory "good" can derive from their demise.