Why Are Romeo and Juliet Called "star-Crossed Lovers"?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 5, 2020 6:17:08 AM ET
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Romeo and Juliet are called "star-crossed lovers" because their relationship is destined to end in tragedy. No matter what actions Romeo and Juliet take to overcome the divide between their warring families, they are fated to fail and suffer unpleasant consequences. This popular concept first appeared in William Shakespeare's play "The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet," in which the lovers die after a series of ironic miscommunications.