What are some quotes that demonstrate that Romeo and Juliet sacrificed their lives in order to reconcile two family houses?William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

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In my reading of Act V, Scene 3, I do not believe that Romeo and Juliet are dying IN ORDER TO reconcile their families.  I would agree, of course, that their deaths DO reconcile the families, but not that either of them meant to do that when they killed themselves.

When Romeo kills himself, he does tell Tybalt (or his dead body)

O, what more favour can I do to thee,
Than with that hand that cut thy youth in twain
To sunder his that was thine enemy?
Forgive me, cousin!

So in that sense he's apologizing, but only to Tybalt.  And if he had been meaning to make the families reconcile, I doubt he would have killed Paris.

When Juliet is about to stab herself, she says nothing about families.  She wakes up, asks where Romeo is, and kills herself right away when she sees he's dead.

Now, it is clear that the Montagues and Capulets reconcile after the deaths.  Here are the relevant passages:


O brother Montague, give me thy hand:
This is my daughter's jointure, for no more
Can I demand.


But I can give thee more:
For I will 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.

CAPULET As rich shall Romeo's by his lady's lie;
Poor sacrifices of our enmity!

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