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Romeo And Juliet Lust And Love Essay

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Lust and Love
As one looks at the idea of “teenage love”, the story of “Romeo and Juliet” comes to mind. Shakespeare’s play take a hard look at what it means to be truly “in love”. The basic context is that two families have an old quarrel that causes much pain and strife. When the children, Romeo and Juliet, fall in “heated love”, much chaos ensues,because neither child is able to let the families know that they have been secretly married. Because of their inability to tell the truth, Romeo and Juliet must skulk around and keep their love hidde. As a result of their immaturity, too many people did not know what was going on. Friar Lawrence adds to the problem because of his choices. So, as one takes a hard look at “Romeo and Juliet”, Friar Lawrence is clearly at fault for all of the deaths because of the following: 1) He marries Romeo and Juliet in the first place; 2) He causes Tybalt to die; 3) He fails to inform Romeo properly of Juliet’s fake death, thus killing both.

Because of Friar Lawrence’s decision to marry Romeo and Juliet when the two families have had a long conflict with each other, he causes the deaths in “Romeo and Juliet”, as he believes that their lustful love shall bring the families to peace once they are married. “But come, young waverer, come go with me. In one respect I’ll thy assistant be; For this alliance may so happy prove To turn your households’ rancor to pure love” (II, iii, 97-100). In this quotation, Friar Lawrence is speaking to Romeo about the marriage, and how although the friar knows about the families’ feud against each other, he still suggests that everything will work out in the end once he marries them. This part of the story begins much of the drama that happens later on.

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...oblems. Although his intentions were good at heart, they did not turn out as planned. Marrying Romeo and Juliet after Romeo declares his love for her in a short amount of time knowing one another, was not a good choice. This deepens their affections for each other, which causes Romeo to kill Tybalt on second impulse. Friar Lawrence indirectly caused Tybalt’s death. Not only did he create more trouble throughout the entire story, he kills both Romeo and Juliet in the end, reason being he does not properly tell Romeo of Juliet’s fake death, making Romeo think that Juliet was actually dead. This drives Romeo to look for the apothecary and seek for poison to kill himself, so he could lie next to Juliet dead also. Because of “Romeo and Juliet”, one can see that Shakespeare gives the message that passionate and blinding love could lead to many tragedies, including death.
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