Romeo And Juliet's Brain Development

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Romeo and Juliet’s Actions Based on Their Brain Development The human brain isn’t the quickest maturing organ in the body. The brain has many parts to it, this complex organ matures at its own pace and so do the parts of the brain. Meaning all the parts of the brain mature at a different pace, some mature quicker some mature slower. Therefore, a human, in the process of becoming an adult, have poor decision making during their teenage years. In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet’s actions are based on their adolescent brain development. Romeo and Juliet make impulsive decisions throughout the play. Many of these decisions are made because Romeo and Juliet’s brain is immature. In Act 1 Romeo and Juliet make impulsive,
In 2.6 Romeo clandestinely marries Juliet in less than a day (24 hours) of meeting each other. Romeo and Juliet do not think about all the consequences when they marry or even before they marry; however, they do know there will be some sort of trouble if they marry that is why they keep their marriage clandestine. Romeo and Juliet marrying(in less than a day) is a very obvious sign of an incomplete brain development. Why? Well, since the limbic system has matured and the frontal lobe isn’t, this causes Romeo (and Juliet) to make a decision that is emotion-based and has no thinking put into it and the output of this decision is consequences which will affect their lives
Starting with Romeo killing Count Paris, Paris was Prince Escalus’ kinsman he was also Juliet's soon-to-be husband. Romeo killed Paris because Paris thought Romeo was the one that made Juliet die because since Romeo killed Tybalt(Juliet’s cousin), Paris thought Juliet dies from grief. Paris as soon as he saw Romeo he said(aside),”This is that banish'd haughty Montague/That murdered my love's cousin,with which grief,” (5.3.56-57). After some dialogue in between Paris and Romeo, Romeo says,” Wilt thou provoke me? Then have at thee, boy!”(5.3.78) and then they fight. Romeo kills Paris this decision connects back to the frontal lobe, limbic system, and amygdala. Killing Paris demonstrates that Romeo’s frontal lobe has been overpowered by both the limbic system and amygdala. After the killing of Tybalt, Romeo also kills himself which leads to the second irrational decision Romeo makes in Act 1. Romeo at a young age decides to poison himself because of the “death” of his beloved Juliet. This is probably the most illogical, immature, unreasonable decision Romeo made in the tragic play. Romeo was being impulsive by simply killing himself, he did not check if Juliet was breathing or if her heart was beating he just killed himself. Although Romeo did say to Juliet’s “dead” body seemed alive, but again, he did not check for breathing or heart breathing. The irony between Romeo’s poor decision making

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