Talk about a whirlwind romance: Romeo and thirteen-year-old Juliet fall in love at first sight, marry within twenty-four hours, and die in each others' arms only days later. Is this basically the equivalent of a middle school romance? Or does the short timeframe clue us into some deeper message about the fleeting nature of time and youth? (We're leaning toward the deeper message.)
Romeo and Juliet's love lacks power because it does not last. Their love ends with their death.
Romeo and Juliet make their love immortal by dying together—or rather, Shakespeare makes it immortal by writing about their suicide.