Romeo and Juliet: Essay question Does fate decide what happens in our lives or is it merely our actions? In Romeo and Juliet I believe that their actions created the consequences that led to their deaths. These two characters have many tragic flaws in their personalities but the main ones are the following; Romeo is too emotional or impulsive which throughout the book seems to get him in trouble quite a lot. On the other hand Juliet seems to be very selfish with her actions causing pain to herself and others around her. Being too impulsive can be such a horrible thing, along with being too impulsive, and some people realize that, while others don’t. Romeo and Juliet unfortunately did not and in the end it was too late. In the beginning Romeo was extremely “love sick” over a lady named Rosaline, who had left him. (“Why, such is love's transgression. Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast, which thou wilt propagate, to have it prest with more of thine: this love that thou hast shown doth add more grief to too much of mine own. Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs; Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes; Being vex'd a sea nourish'd with lovers' tears: What is it else? a madness most discreet, A choking gall and a preserving sweet. Farewell, my coz”). He was positive that his life was over. Benvolio, being able to rationalize, saw the problem and suggested that they crash (their rivals) the Capulet’s party, seeing it as an opportunity for Romeo to forget about Rosaline. Romeo ends up going and there he meets the beloved Juliet, the girl who has stolen his heart. He is sure that she is now the love of his life. But before entering the party scene romeo states, “I fear, too early: for my mind misgives some consequence yet hanging in the stars shall bitterly begin his fearful date with this night's revels and expire the term of a despised life closed in my breast by some vile forfeit of untimely death. But He, that hath the steerage of my course, direct my sail! On, lusty gentlemen”, this is of course a foreshadowing of his actions that will soon lead to his death. Romeo literally just met Juliet and Juliet just met Romeo, but since they claim they are so in love they agree to get married the next day! None of it thought it through, hence Romeo being impulsive and Juliet being selfish, she didn’t even think about what her family would think of it or her afterward. (“Three words, dear Romeo, and good night indeed. If that thy bent of love be honourable, thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow, by one that I'll procure to come to thee, where and what time thou wilt perform the rite; and all my fortunes at thy foot I'll lay and follow thee my lord throughout the world”). The day soon came and Romeo has married his beloved Juliet, this has changed his perspective on almost everything including his enemies, the Capulet family. When Romeo comes across Tybalt, (a very angry and stubborn man, who just happens to hate Romeo) Tybalt attempts to challenge Romeo, but Romeo backs off because he doesn’t want to hurt someone who is part of his new family, and Tybalt ends up fighting Mercutio and kills him, causing Romeo to take his impulsive self and kill tybalt. Killing Tybalt causes drama in the town and Prince Escallus bans Romeo from the town. While this was going on Juliet was being forced to marry Paris, which upset her even more on top of Romeo being banned. In the midst of all of this Juliet goes to Friar Lawrence and threatens to kill herself unless he helps her. (“Tell me not, friar, that thou hear'st of this, unless thou tell me how I may prevent it: If, in thy wisdom, thou canst give no help, do thou but call my
Act II, Prologue, Scene 1 & Scene 2
Benvolio: Romeo! My cousin! Romeo! Romeo!
Mercutio: He is wise, I’m sure, and has gone home to bed.
Benvolio: He ran this way! Call him, Mercutio!
Mercutio: No. If I do, I’ll conjure up a spirit, too.
Benvolio: If Romeo hears your teasing, he is sure to be angry. His love is blind which makes him fit well into the darkness.
Mercutio: If someone else were making love to Rosaline then that would certainly make me angry. Love is blind; it cannot hit what…
The play “Romeo and Juliet,” is written by famous British playwright William Shakespeare. It begins with a large fight between the Capulets and Montegues in Verona, Italy. Two individuals, Romeo Montegue and Juliet Capulet go through struggles in order to be together. Romeo is one of the main characters in the play and comes from a rich family by the name of Montegue. Throughout the story Romeo shows a variety of personalities. Romeo is a handsome man who matures to adulthood at a young age…
Shakespeare’s 1597 play 'Romeo and Juliet” explores the protagonist’s
change in attitude to love. This is done through the juxtaposition of
Romeo’s infatuated love to Rosaline and the true love to Juliet. In
Act 1 Scene 1 Shakespeare introduces us to Romeo’s passionate desire
towards Rosaline through the use of binary opposition, soliloquy and
vivid imagery. In contrast, in Act 2 Scene 2, when Romeo is addressing
Juliet, his language shifts through the use of light, religious and
Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet has many uses of juxtaposition. These are used to make both the characters and the play itself more interesting. Shakespeare’s use of juxtaposition intensifies the complexity of the character Romeo in The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.
Romeo is trying to be a romantic gentleman while trying to get the positive attention of the girls he likes, but instead he ends up being egotistical and fickle. He picks the women he is “in love” with based on their looks. Romeo claims to…
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The central idea of the excerpt is that Romeo is stunned by Juliet's beauty . In the text Romeo
makes it seems that as if Juliet is so gorgeous that there is nothing in the world that can compare
to her , he feels that there is no words in the world that can be used to describe her .Romeo is
tonguetied. In the text he says “ Beauty too rich for use , for earth too dear” he is talking about
Juliet . Also he said that ‘ For i ne’ver saw true beauty till this night” he saying as if he never…
Romeo and Juliet Theme Analysis
True love and infatuation
In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the main characters bring us through the ups and downs of their young love, ending with their gruesome deaths. The play begins with Romeo being in love with one girl, and then he quickly forgets about her and becomes so infatuated with another girl that he rushes into a marriage with her. This goes to show that young boys only love for beauty, perhaps they only search for lust. While Romeo and Juliet…
Romeo and Juliet Act I-III Paragraph
In William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, one can clearly see that love causes violence between the characters. Love can overwhelm a person as powerfully and completely as hate can. The passionate love between Romeo and Juliet begins when Tybalt catches Romeo crashing the Capulet party and chases him out the door. This is when Romeo and Juliet catch each other’s eye, and instantly fall in love. Once Juliet finds out whom the mystery man was she says “I…
Assessment task- Shakespeare, Option 1
The sonnet in Romeo and Juliet – Act 1, Scene 5 (sonnet provided) is about how much he wanted to kiss her, how beautiful she was, how perfect her hands were, but mainly that he wanted to kiss her. They fell in love at first sight.
The first line “if I profane with my unworthiest hand” is about how Romeo feels the need to touch Juliets hand but also feels too privileged and doesn’t deserve to be in her presence.
The line “my lips two blushing pilgrims, ready…
has inescapable consequences. Sometimes they hurt you, while other times they might hurt others, which is probably worse. The accuracy of this quote is proven by the love story, Romeo and Juliet by Williams Shakespeare, and the realistic fiction novel, Whirligig by Paul Fleischman. This is shown through Romeo and Juliet because the tragic hero finds severe consequences with every turn he makes, ranging from banishment to losing his true love. It also is shown in Whirligig, as Brent learns that all…
A simple flaw can be more fatal than death itself. In The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, this becomes apparent to the reader in many cases. Romeo is a very flawed character whose impulsive behavior led to the death of not only himself but also his beloved Juliet. Romeo quickly changing his undying love he felt with Rosaline to Juliet without any remorse, later when he kills Tybalt without thinking of the consequences, and again when he learns…