Why does Romeo buy the poison, in Romeo and Juliet?

Question:

Why does Romeo buy the poison, in Romeo and Juliet?

Romeo and Juliet:

in William Shakespeare's tragic play Romeo and Juliet, the title characters fall in love, but must hide their relationship because of a feud between their families.

Answer and Explanation:

In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo buys the poison because he believes Juliet is dead and no longer wants to live without her. When he learns of her supposed death, he says, ''Juliet, I will lie with thee to-night,'' indicating his intention to commit suicide. He then remembers the apothecary, who sells a deadly poison, and goes to buy it.


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