Theme Of Revenge In Romeo And Juliet

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There are many reasons for which people seek revenge. However, no matter what the reason is, revenge does nothing but harm others. Through multiple characters in Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare shows the true impact of revenge. People want revenge for futile reasons, from protecting their pride, to other, more serious reasons, such as protecting their loved ones. In the end, the effect of revenge is still the same. Through the play, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare suggests that revenge which comes from protecting pride and loved ones has devastating consequences.
Pride is a fragile thing that people go to great lengths to protect. Tybalt is proud of being a Capulet and hates the Montagues. When he sees that Romeo, a Montague, dared to show up at the Capulet’s party, he tells his page to “fetch [his] rapier” (I.v.62). He is ready to duel Romeo, simply for showing up uninvited and damaging his pride. Capulet will not allow him to “make a mutiny among
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They want to “shed blood of Montague” (III.i.157) to get even for the death of their family member. The Prince rationalises that since “[Tybalt] slew Mercutio” (III.ii.91), Romeo didn’t simply kill Tybalt in cold blood. Thus, Romeo is exiled rather than executed. This makes the Capulets furious, so they decide to take matters into their own hands. Lady Capulet plans to send a servant to Mantua and “give [Romeo] a dram that he shall soon keep Tybalt company” (III.v.96). Through this scene, Shakespeare exhibits that the Capulets are indignant that Romeo is getting away with killing one of their brethren. They feel that it is unjust that a member of their family is dead and the murderer is given a measly sentence of being banished from the city when he should be executed. This is their motivation to get revenge on Romeo by poisoning him. While avenging a friend or family member is a moral reason for revenge, the outcomes are not always

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