Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet is a play written in the 16th century by William Shakespeare. It is the story of a pair of star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet set in the city of Verona. In actuality, it is a story of choices. Romeo and Juliet were to blame for their death as it was their choices that had rendered them dead. This essay will look at the factors that had caused their death such as Romeo’s hastiness, their fast moving relationship and secretive behavior. Romeo’s hastiness had ultimately caused his death. He had proposed the idea of marriage to Juliet on the night of their initial meeting. Romeo had proposed even though he knew of the trouble brewing between their families, the Montagues and Capulets. The prior morning, Romeo was in love with another fair lady known as Rosaline. The next morning, Romeo had gone to the Friar Laurence to ask him to consent to his marriage. Friar Laurence had told him to take matters slowly and only consented to the marriage in order to bring the Montagues and Capulets together. Secondly, Romeo slays Tybalt (Juliet’s kinsman) in the rage of him killing Romeo’s dear friend, Mercutio. If Romeo had remained calm then he would have not been exiled from Verona. Instead it would have been Tybalt as he had killed the prince’s cousin Mercutio. Earlier the prince had decreed “Your lives shall pay for the forfeit of the peace.”(pg.17)The prince had eased Romeo’s punishment exiling him instead of executing him as Tybalt had killed Mercutio. Finally, Romeo was rash in trying to commit suicide in several occasions. For instance, He attempted to commit suicide right after his banishment declaring that there was nothing without Verona .The Friar had stopped him saying that he was weak willed and that he has to cons... ... middle of paper ... ...irst but then forgiven her as she was their only surviving child. Finally they committed suicide as they could not live without each other. If they had brought forth the news of the marriage there would have been people who would have supported them. They kept it secret a brought for their deaths as no one knew of their relationship. Paris would have rejected his upcoming marriage to Juliet as she belonged to another man .Also the Montagues and Capulets would have had to stop their feud as they were in laws and it would bring shame to both families. Romeo and Juliet saw love as their idolatry. In which all their decisions came around. Those decisions may not have carefully thought out as it had rendered them dead. Life should revolve around choices created by one’s intellect and not immoderate feelings. The choices created by the heart may lead to a dreary future.

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