Self-Destructive Proclivity In William Shakespeare's The Tragedy Of Romeo And Juliet

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“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals” (Anais Nin). Young love, a concept as common nowadays as it was centuries ago, however that does not make the idea unerring, for each love that was built upon blind lust, and immaturity is inevitable to eradicate its own self as shown by the couple of Romeo and Juliet. William Shakespeare, the author of The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, utilizes the suicidal thoughts of Romeo and Juliet to illustrate that young love has a self-destructive proclivity because the couple is too young to decipher the meaning of love, are reckless and immature, and are dependent on others to solve their problems. Shakespeare …show more content…
Romeo and Juliet from the Shakespeare’s play were reckless and immature enough to marry without the approbation of either their parents. Romeo and Juliet had created a relationship that was bound to break. The break occurred when Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin had slain Mercutio, a friend of Romeo, in a duel and in fury Romeo had slain Tybalt. Romeo’s quick and reckless decision to go ahead and duel Tybalt till death had left him banished by the Prince’s order. Romeo had fled to Friar Laurence’s cell, and like the immature kid he was, cried for his banishment. Romeo mourned and said “hadst thou no poison mixed, no sharp-ground knife, no sudden mean of death, though ne’er so mean, but “banished” to kill me”, which foreshadows that Romeo will soon kill himself, thus ending his young love (Romeo III iii 47-49). The foreshadowing of the end of Romeo’s young love, or his young love’s self-destructive tendency proves that because of Romeo’s reckless actions of slaying Tybalt, the source of Romeo’s suicidal thoughts, Romeo’s love will never survive. Romeo’s reckless action had also impacted Juliet on the other side for she too believed that she would never be able to see Romeo again, and had suicidal thoughts in the process. Juliet’s suicidal thought was nearly a form of blackmailing to the Nurse, she said “come cords; come, nurse. I’ll to my wedding bed; and death, not Romeo, take my maidenhead”, which was another result of the reckless behavior of Romeo, and indirectly both Romeo and Juliet where they married, which had made Romeo want to break up the fight between Mercutio and Tybalt, but failed, thus exasperating Romeo (Juliet III ii 148-149). Both Romeo and Juliet’s suicidal thoughts were a direct cause of their quondam reckless and immature behavior, which had foreshadowed the self-destruction of Romeo and

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