What would the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet be if Romeo and Juliet were only a few ages older and not teens? Well, there are a conglomerate of possibilities starting with their impulse control, if Romeo and Juliet met when they were, at the very least, twenty-five they may have not acted as impulsive as they did. Maybe Romeo wouldn’t have kissed Juliet during their first meeting and instead would have courted her. Or maybe if Romeo didn’t propose on their second meeting they could have had a long marriage that united their families, and maybe if Romeo didn’t slay Tybalt he wouldn’t have been banished and wouldn’t have brought about his own demise. As teenagers the two star-crossed lovers had a very logical reason as to why they acted the ways they did: the prefrontal cortex. It is an important part of the brain that controls decision making and impulse, and it was not yet fully developed in Romeo or Juliet. During Romeo and Juliet's romance the two were still young or at least under the age of twenty-five which means, according to science, the two were not mature enough to make their own mature choices. Even though there are many reasons as to why Romeo and Juliet should not be held accountable it is quite obvious that they made their own choice by themselves. The frontal cortex controls impulse and decisions, but it does not control the person as a whole, there were many variables that showed them their love was not a smart path to follow and yet they still followed it. Romeo and Juliet had an impossible love that was the cause of a growing, changing brain, a lack of control in said brain, and a mental rewards system that set them on the wrong path very quickly.
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...basically teens should only be held accountable for certain things, like heedlessly second hand killing four people, but not things like being a little impulsive, or sleeping late, or being a little reckless. Romeo and Juliet should face the consequences of their actions, the prefrontal cortex is reckless and impulsive during adolescence, the brain is constantly developing and the striatum works over time during adolescence. All in all parents, teachers, everyone really, should be aware that teens go through a lot of hell during these years and that they are trying really hard, it should be common knowledge that every teen tries as hard as they possibly can and that every teen is different so a few videos or an article or two should not give anyone false impressions of an entire age group but instead be a rough guideline as to why a teen is doing what they are doing.
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